Skywalker, a horse whose career has frequently been compromised by injuries, was declared out of Sunday's $1-million Santa Anita Handicap Thursday after X-rays showed that he has a fracture of the left front shin.
Trainer Michael Whittingham said that Tom Tatham, who manages the syndicate that bred and owns Skywalker, has the choice of either retiring the 5-year-old to stud now or giving the injury three months to heal before trying to run him again. There might also be the option of sending Skywalker to stud now, at the start of the current breeding season, and then returning him to racing action later in the year.
Skywalker injured the same leg that showed a fracture after the 1985 Kentucky Derby, although Whittingham said the latest problem is in a different area.
After winning the Santa Anita Derby, Skywalker finished sixth in the Kentucky Derby. He didn't require surgery but was sidelined for 11 months.