WinStar Farm and CHC's Life is Good (Into Mischief) has officially been taken out of consideration for the GI Kentucky Derby, trainer Bob Baffert confirmed on Los Angeles radio Sunday morning.
“He couldn't have worked more beautifully,” Baffert told Mike Willman on Thoroughbred LA radio. “It was a great, nice cruising work like he usually does. He's so light on his feet. He came back, the rider said he felt great…Then all of a sudden later in the morning, you could tell something was bothering him in the hind leg. He took a couple funny steps, so that's when we realized he had done something to his hind leg. He'll be fine, he'll be back. It wasn't anything serious, but it's enough that he'll need some time off.”
Later Sunday, XBTV's Millie Ball quoted Baffert in a tweet, “He has a very small chip in his left hind ankle. Dr. [Larry] Bramlage will do the surgery on Friday in Kentucky at Rood & Riddle.”
Life is Good is unbeaten in three starts, most recently romping by eight lengths in the Mar. 6 GII San Felipe S.
With Life Is Good out of the GI Runhappy Santa Anita Derby, Baffert said he's planning on running San Felipe S. runner-up Medina Spirit (Protonico) and possibly Defunded (Dialed In), a Mar. 6 maiden winner at Santa Anita in the Apr. 3 race.