Multiple Grade 2 winner TO HONOR AND SERVE (Bernardini) exited last Sunday's Florida Derby (G1) with a suspensory injury that rules him out of Kentucky Derby (G1) consideration, according to a Friday afternoon report in Daily Racing Form.
Trainer Bill Mott indicated that the Live Oak Plantation colorbearer will be sidelined until later in the season, when he is eligible to return to his top-class form.
Mott said that To Honor and Serve sustained a sprain to the suspensory ligament in his left front leg, a "very common" injury.
"We don’t think it’s serious, we didn’t want to go on and have it be something serious down the road," Mott told the DRF.
"I’ve had dozens of them and we’ve had horses that have come back and win major stakes afterward. It’s a setback. Generally, if you stop in time and take care of it, they can be managed and they’ll be fine."
Hero of last fall's Nashua S. (G2) and Remsen S. (G2), To Honor and Serve finished third in both the Fountain of Youth S. (G2) and Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park this campaign.