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Indian Express to Skip Preakness

May 11, 2003

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Indian Express, trained by Bob Baffert, will miss Saturday’s Preakness because of a minor foot injury.

``He’s not lame or off or anything,″ Baffert said Sunday. ``I could run him in the Preakness, but I don’t want to do it.″

Indian Express, a runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby, finished 14th in the Kentucky Derby. The bay colt was scheduled to work at Churchill Downs on Monday.

Baffert said a small filling was found on the pastern on the colt’s left front foot. The pastern is the part of a horse’s foot just above the hoof.

``I’d have to run him without a work and I don’t want to run him without a work,″ Baffert said.

Baffert said the injury won’t require surgery.

``He’ll heal himself up,″ he said.

Baffert, a four-time Preakness winner, still plans to enter Senor Swinger in Saturday’s race at Pimlico. The winner of the Crown Royal American Turf is scheduled to work at Churchill Downs on Monday.

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