May 6, 2009

‘I Want Revenge’ injury affects ligaments

I Want Revenge, a pre-race favorite scratched from the Kentucky Derby, has a more severe injury than originally thought, a veterinarian said.

Dr. Larry Bramlage said the horse's ankle showed additional swelling and examinations have indicated ligament damage.

At this point the injury is moderate in severity and it is too early to predict a long-term prognosis or the effect on I Want Revenge's career, Bramlage said. He said the injury would be assessed monthly and warned the injury would have been worse if the horse had run in the derby.

I Want Revenge was the early line favorite at 3-1 before a morning run ahead of Saturday's Kentucky Derby. But the horse showed problems with a right front ankle and was pulled from the race.

Trainer Jeff Mullins and the owners should be commended for putting the health and welfare of the horse first, Bramlage said.

He said the injury was to the right front fetlock joint and affected the middle distal sesamoidean ligaments.

I Want Revenge has won three of its eight career starts, including the Wood Memorial in April, and collected purses totaling $816,000.