Skinner Back in Light Training After Kentucky Derby Scratch

May 13, 2023

Skinner breaks his maiden going away Feb. 12 at Santa Anita (Ernie Belmonte/Past The Wire)

Santa Anita Stable Notes by Victor Ryan

ARCADIA, Calif.— Skinner is back in light training at Santa Anita after being scratched from last Saturday’s 149th Kentucky Derby due to an elevated temperature.

Skinner, who returned to Santa Anita from Churchill Downs earlier this week, was out for a gallop on the main track Saturday morning. Trainer John Shirreffs said all appears to be well with the Curlin colt.

“He’s good. He walked when he was at Churchill after the scratch and has been on the track here for a couple of days,” Shirreffs added.

Skinner was one of five horses to be scratched from this year’s Kentucky Derby. One day before the 1 1/4-mile Classic, following a gallop at Churchill Downs, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission issued a statement saying Skinner would be scratched due to an “elevated temperature.

“It was too bad it didn’t work out,” Shirreffs said.

Owned by Lee and Susan Searing’s C R K Stable, Skinner has banked $216,300 with a record of 1-0-3 in six starts. Shirreffs said there are no immediate race plans for the colt.

“We’ll get going with him soon then I’ll look around at our options,” Shirreffs said.

In three starts this year, all at Santa Anita, Skinner broke his maiden on Feb. 12 and came back to be third in both the GII San Felipe and GI Santa Anita Derby on April 8.

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