The Santa Anita Derby (G1), which lost its original morning-line favorite Premier Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus) to injury Thursday, lost its replacement morning-line favorite, JAYCITO (Victory Gallop), on Friday.
Trainer Bob Baffert told Daily Racing Form that the Grade 1 winner has been dealing with a hoof bruise since late March. While initially intending to wait until Saturday morning to make a decision, the Hall of Famer ended up scratching the colt Friday afternoon.
"I've been battling it for the last 10 days," Baffert said when first revealing the problem Friday. "It's healing, but it's still bugging him a little bit.
"He needs a few days off to get him right," Baffert added later in the day. "The area is just tender.
"For some reasons, it hasn't changed. I thought we had a hold of it pretty well."
Baffert is now aiming to use the April 23 Lexington S. (G3) at Keeneland as Jaycito's final prep for the Kentucky Derby (G1).
Jaycito, who won the Norfolk S. (G1) as a juvenile, finished a distant second in his debut for Baffert in the March 12 San Felipe S. (G2), behind the impressive Premier Pegasus.
With the top two from the San Felipe both out of the Santa Anita Derby, Santa Anita oddsmaker Jon White has made the Steve Asmussen-trained SILVER MEDALLION (Badge of Silver) the 5-2 morning-line favorite.