A veterinarian giving a pre-race examination to The Pamplemousse found an issue with the horse and told trainer Julio Canani who scratched the co-favorite from the Santa Anita Derby after consulting with his own vet.
The Pamplemousse was slated to clash with Pioneerof the Nile in a heavily-promoted meeting of two promising Kentucky Derby prospects.
Canani confirmed the scratch to the Los Angeles Times, but refused to give a reason. He did say that the horse is fine and he would discuss the situation over the next couple of days.
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