Derby Favorite I Want Revenge Is Scratched

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2009 8:49 AM CDT
Jockey Joe Talamo takes I Want Revenge for a fun on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)
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(Newser) – Kentucky Derby favorite I Want Revenge has been scratched because of an ankle injury, reports Newsday. The 3-year-old colt—the morning line had him at 3-1 odds to win today's race—showed soreness in his left front ankle after an early workout, said trainer Jeff Mullins. "We could tell he wasn't 100 percent." The new favorites: Dunkirk and Pioneer of the Nile at 4-1, followed by Friesan Fire at 5-1, notes the Online Gambling Paper.

"We detected a trace of heat in the left front ankle," said Mullins, who doesn't think the horse will be ready for the Preakness, either. "With the weather and the track being pressed down because of all the rain, we didn't know how he would handle it with the surface being so hard. We just thought that in the best interests of the horse, we're not going to run."