Trainer Brad Cox has confirmed that CADDO RIVER will not run in the Kentucky Derby after an elevated temperature. He told Churchill Downs PR that he is "not satisfied the colt is ready for the engagement." This was somewhat expected as the colt's owner, John E. Anthony of Shortleaf Stables, had previously stated on April 15th that he ws not sure about sending his homebred to the Derby, telling Horse Racing Nation "Shortleaf Stable will never run in the Triple Crown races spaced the way that they are. I've lost too many horses."
No jockey had been named for the colt as of yet. He worked over the Churchill track two days ago going five furlongs in 1:00.60, which is par for the course in his previous workouts. Cox will be providing more information later.
With the defection of CADDO RIVER, this means that BROOKLYN STRONG will move into the 20th spot of the starting gates. He earned 10 points to the Kentucky Derby winning The Remsen Stakes in December and finishing fifth in the Wood Memorial, both races ran at Aqueduct.
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