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May 12, 2006

Injury knocks out Lawyer Ron from Preakness


Louisville, KY (Sports Network) - Lawyer Ron, the 12th place finisher in the Kentucky Derby, has been sidelined and will not run in the upcoming Preakness Stakes due to an injury. Surgery will be performed on the three-year-old Friday at the Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, KY.

An inflammation of his right hind ankle was detected after the poor performance at Churchill Downs. It is expected that Lawyer Ron will miss a month of training.

Lawyer Ron went off at odds of 10-1 in the Run for the Roses and started from post 17. He was just to the inside of the morning line favorite Brother Derek.

Trained by Bob Holthus, Lawyer Ron raced in the silks of the estate of the late John Hines, Jr. Hines accidentally drowned on February 21. The colt was sold to Audry Haisfield just days before the Kentucky Derby. Upon retirement Lawyer Ron will stand at Haisfield's Stonewall Farm.

Lawyer Ron, along with Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, was the 4-1 second choice in the morning line for the first race of the Triple Crown. He came into the Run for the Roses having won six straight races, including the Arkansas Derby.

The chestnut colt has won seven of 15 starts for better than $1.2 million. He swept the stakes races for three-year-olds at Oaklawn Park after beginning the year with a victory in the Risen Star Stakes.

He is expected to miss the Belmont Stakes and return to the races later this year.

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