04/29/2009 12:00AM

Win Willy out, Nowhere to Hide jumps in


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The defection of Win Willy on Wednesday morning from the Kentucky Derby opened a spot in the maximum 20-horse field, and it was quickly filled by Nowhere to Hide, whom trainer Nick Zito said would now be entered.

Zito, a two-time Kentucky Derby winner, said Shaun Bridgmohan would ride.

Win Willy, the Rebel Stakes winner, has the beginnings of a fracture in his left front pastern, trainer Mac Robertson said Wednesday morning.

"We took X-rays and on one of the X-rays there's a small line in the pastern going up into the ankle," Robertson said. "Three out of the four vets who looked at the X-ray said it looks like something that could spiral up into the cannon bone. He's not off on it, he's not sore, but there's something that's getting started. Most things start out as little problems and if you look away they become big problems."

Nowhere to Hide, a son of Vindication owned by My Meadowview Farm, has a maiden win from eight starts to his credit. In three starts this year, he has finished fourth in the Risen Star, Tampa Bay Derby and, most recently, the Illinois Derby.

Nowhere to Hide has $55,000 in graded stakes earnings.