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Congaree Is Through for the Year

August 5, 2001

OCEANPORT, N.J. (AP) _ Congaree, who finished third as a heavy favorite in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga on Saturday, will not race again this year because of an injured knee.

Trainer Bob Baffert said he knew something had to be wrong with the colt, who finished third in both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

``When we got him back to the barn we looked at him and it turned out he aggravated a knee injury he had as a 2-year-old,″ Baffert said Sunday at Monmouth Park. ``We’ll put him away for the year.″

Congaree took the lead at about the half-mile pole in the Jim Dandy, then slowed quickly, and surprisingly on the turn. The colt, who won the Wood Memorial April 14 Aqueduct, won the Swaps on July 15 at Hollywood Park.

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