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Charge It Undergoes Throat Procedure After Finishing 17th In Kentucky Derby

Trainer Todd Pletcher, right, with 2022 Kentucky Derby runner Charge It

Mandy Pope's homebred Charge It looked like a promising up-and-coming 3-year-old when he finished second in the Grade 1 Florida Derby, such that the son of Tapit was bet down to odds of 16-1 in the Kentucky Derby. Unfortunately, Charge It did not perform to expectations, fading to finish 17th of 20 while beaten 28 lengths by Rich Strike.

Trainer Todd Pletcher told the Daily Racing Form this week that the colt has since undergone a throat procedure.

“We're pretty confident he displaced his soft palate, so hopefully we've done something to correct that,” Pletcher told DRF. “Certainly we feel like he's more talented than that, so now we can regroup a little bit.”

No concrete plans have been made for Charge It's future, but the colt has been shipped from Churchill to Belmont Park to prepare for a summer campaign.

Read more at the Daily Racing Form.

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