LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Grindstone's nose helped him win the Kentucky Derby. His knee will prevent him from winning the Triple Crown.
The 3-year-old colt, who gave trainer D. Wayne Lukas his sixth straight Triple Crown victory in Saturday's Run for the Roses, was retired Thursday.
The retirement means there will again be no Triple Crown winner, with Affirmed the last to capture the honors in 1978. The announcement also reduces - but doesn't eliminate - Lukas' chances at an unprecedented seventh straight Triple Crown win.
Lukas said he will go to Pimlico with his third-place Derby finisher, Prince of Thieves, and Editor's Note, who was sixth in the Derby and also is owned by W.T. Young, owner of Grindstone.
"That's our strength and that's been our strength over the years; we try to have some depth in this thing," Lukas said. "Actually, it's nice that Bill Young will be represented with a nice horse."
Grindstone's retirement came the same day beaten Derby favorite Unbridled's Song was shipped to Monmouth Park to recuperate from an injury of his own. A final decision has yet to be made on whether Unbridled's Song will run in the Preakness.
A Page D1 caption in some Deseret News editions Thursday incorrectly listed the position of Hillcrest soccer player James Crowley. He is a field position player, not a goalkeeper, who had missed kicking a shootout goal.
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