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Animal Kingdom finished for year

Updated: June 29, 2011, 2:26 PM ET
By Marty McGee | Daily Racing Form

Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom is finished racing this year after being diagnosed with a slab fracture in his left hock, it was announced Wednesday by Barry Irwin, who heads the Team Valor International partnership that owns the colt.

Animal Kingdom was found to have a small fissure in the hock two weeks ago, and after being X-rayed again this week, it was determined the colt would have to undergo surgery Thursday to repair what was discovered to be a larger fracture in the same ...

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