- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 5, 2009

ARCADIA, CALIF. (AP) - The Pamplemousse won’t run in next month’s Kentucky Derby, although the colt’s racing career isn’t over.

The Pamplemousse was scratched because of a tendon problem hours before Saturday’s $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, in which he was the 9-5 morning line favorite. Pioneerof the Nile went on to win by a length.

A pre-race examination showed heat in The Pamplemousse’s front left tendon.

“A scan will be done,” Alex Solis II, one of the colt’s co-owners, said Sunday. “He’s comfortable, he’s fine. He’s walking right now.”

Solis, whose father Alex rides The Pamplemousse, said the colt will run again.

“He’s not finished, but he will not run in the Kentucky Derby. We’ll evaluate and see how much time he needs,” the younger Solis said.

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