George Bolton, co-owner of multiple Grade 2 hero THE FACTOR (War Front), announced Tuesday that the speedy colt has been ruled out of the Kentucky Derby (G1).
The Factor displaced his palate when fading to seventh as the 4-5 favorite in the Arkansas Derby (G1) last time out. A minor surgical procedure was performed to correct the breathing problem, but his connections didn't believe they should press on to the Derby.
"(Trainer) Bob (Baffert) feels he's not ready for a race like the Derby," Bolton told The Blood-Horse's Steve Haskin, "and to be honest, I'm relieved.
"We have big plans for this horse, and it's a long year."