LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Maxfield, one of the top contenders for the 146th Kentucky Derby, has been declared out of the Sept. 5 race after exiting a Wednesday breeze at Keeneland with a condylar fracture of his right front cannon bone.

Trainer Brendan Walsh confirmed the injury shortly after Maxfield breezed a half-mile in 49 seconds over a fast track, emphasizing that the colt’s life was not in danger and that he was expected to fully recover from surgery. Dr. Larry Bramlage, the noted equine surgeon, was scheduled to operate on the colt Wednesday at the Rood and Riddle equine clinic in Lexington, Ky.

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“It’s devastating, absolutely,” said Walsh, “although as far as these types of injuries go, it couldn’t have been much cleaner, thank goodness. The prognosis is very good for a full recovery, a screw or two to be inserted in the bone. That’s the main thing, that he’s going to be fine.”

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