Animal Kingdom out for the season.

The 2011 Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom has tonight been ruled out of the remainder of this years flat season due to an injury he sustained in the Belmont Stakes earlier this month.

The colt, who shocked American racing, when he landed the first leg of the US triple crown was found to be lame after his below par sixth in the Belmont where he suffered lameness that has now brought his classic season to a premature end.

Barry Irwin, chief operating officer for owners Team Valor International, said: “A second set of films has revealed a slab fracture just above the small fissure noted in the previous images.”

A long term plan has now been drawn up for the colt as his connections plot a tilt at the Dubai World Cup in Meydan next March.

Irwin said “I think that Henry Cecil proved it was possible to train a colt in a cold climate like England and win well with him off the plane in Dubai, as he did with Twice Over (in a Meydan Group Two) last year.

“Graham and I have talked about this. No decision will be made for a while.

“But running Animal Kingdom in the World Cup without a prep is definitely something to consider.”

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