SUNLAND PARK, NM (KTSM) - Runaway Ghost, the local horse who won the Sunland Derby in March, will not be running in the Kentucky Derby, according to the horse's trainer Todd Fincher.
Fincher tells KTSM the horse suffered an injury in a workout Saturday morning at Sunland Park Racetrack & Casino, which KTSM was present at.
The injury took place in one of the final timed workouts for Runaway Ghost on his home track. The horse was scheduled to depart for Kentucky on Tuesday, but instead will need some time to rest. He will not require surgery.
In a text to News Channel Nine's Andy Morgan, "They are very fragile animals, and it can happen at anytime," said Fincher.
Tracy Hebert, Runaway Ghost's jockey, has over 4,000 career victories and was scheduled to run in his first Kentucky Derby.
Runaway Ghost would have been the first local horse to run in the Kentucky Derby since 2009, when Mine That Bird did so in winning fashion at 50-to-1 odds.
The Kentucky Derby is Saturday, May 5 and will air on NBC.