Avery Island Questionable for Derby

Godolphin’s multiple graded stakes winner Avery Island (Street Sense) has been sidelined and will be shipped to Lexington Tuesday to be further evaluated by Dr. Larry Bramlage at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital, Godolphin announced Monday. The colt came back lame after working Friday, but initial x-rays ruled out any structural damage.

“It’s very disappointing for all of us here at Godolphin, and plans are on hold until we know more about the injury,” trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. “He’s done something to himself. But we will wait until we hear from Dr. Bramlage before deciding the next move.”

A second-out winner last September at Belmont, the bay colt went on to dominate the GII Nashua S. Nov. 5 at Aqueduct, and after running second as the favorite in the GII Remsen S., bounced back with a victory in the GIII Withers S. Feb. 3.