Owner Ken Ramsey on the scratch of International Star from the Kentucky Derby: “The state vet got there this morning to check him out and did not like the way he jogged down the shedrow. Our blacksmith took the left-front shoe off and there was definitely some heat on the inside quarter of the left-front foot. Something’s brewing in there, probably an abscess. There’s nothing major wrong with the horse whatsoever. We think we’ll probably have him ready to come back for the Preakness but time will tell.
“It’s a devastating blow to come this far. I thought I had a decent shot at winning the race. But it happened to A.P. Indy and a lot of other horses before. It’s bad news for the owners and the family that pinned so many hopes on finally getting to the other side of the racetrack (to the infield Kentucky Derby winner’s circle).”
On the scratch of Stephanie’s Kitten from the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic: “That’s an issue between me and (trainer) Chad Brown. I won’t get into that in the press but none of the three in the Woodford Reserve will be running in our colors today.”
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