Ken and Sarah Ramsey's International Star, who was scratched from the Kentucky Derby the morning of the race with a left front foot injury, will now miss the Preakness Stakes on May 16 after being diagnosed Tuesday with a chip in his left front ankle that will sideline him for 60-90 days.
"Sorry to have to report that International Star was slightly off this morning," Ken Ramsey wrote in a text message to the Herald-Leader. "X-rays revealed a 1-millimeter by 2-millimeter chip in his left front ankle. It will be removed and he will be off for 60 to 90 days. A fall campaign is possible."
International Star was scratched out of the Derby with what was thought to be a foot abscess in his left front. The son of Fusaichi Pegasus was initially declared a prospect for the Preakness when Ramsey said Sunday morning that the colt was "walking perfectly sound" and even went to the track to train after having the foot soaked in Epsom salts.
Trained by Mike Maker, International Star came into the Kentucky Derby having swept the trio of prep races at Fair Grounds, winning the Grade III LeComte, Grade II Risen Star and Grade II Louisiana Derby under jockey Miguel Mena. The bay colt has five wins from nine career starts with $1,010,979 in earnings.
Pharoah on track Thursday
American Pharoah is set to return to the track Thursday for his first jog since winning the Kentucky Derby.
The colt remained in Bob Baffert's barn at Churchill Downs after Saturday's race, while the four-time Derby-winning trainer returned to his home base at Santa Anita in California.
Derby runner-up Firing Line and Baffert's third-place finisher, Dortmund, also remained in Kentucky. Firing Line jogs Wednesday, and Dortmund on Thursday.
All three are scheduled to be shipped to Pimlico Race Course next Wednesday for final preparations before the Preakness on May 16.
Other contenders include Lexington Stakes winner Divining Rod and Tesio Stakes winner Bodhisattva. Neither ran in the Derby.
Possible Derby runners for the 13⁄16-mile Preakness include Danzig Moon (fifth), Materiality (sixth), Carpe Diem (10th) and Mr. Z (13th).
Also possible is Competitive Edge, winner of the Pat Day Mile on Derby Day.