Thoroughbred Racing

Ive Struck a Nerve out of Kentucky Derby hunt

New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - Risen Star Stakes winner Ive Struck a Nerve suffered an ankle injury and is off the Kentucky Derby trail. Trainer Keith Desormeaux said the injury occured during a workout Saturday morning at Fair Grounds Race Course.

With jockey James Graham riding, Ive Struck a Nerve had a half-mile workout Saturday in which he was timed in 48 2/5 seconds.

"It was a beautiful work, the track was great, he came back great, James Graham loved the work, the time was legit and, as a matter of fact, it was above average," Desormeaux said. "He cooled out for about 20 minutes, walked fine, went out to get his bath and was normal. As soon as he was done with his bath we could see that he was a little off in his left-front ankle.

"We X-rayed it and it looks like he's got a fracture of a sesamoid. Not shattered. It is a serious injury but the prognosis is very favorable for a return to racing. But it's going to be a while, maybe six months.

"He's going to Kentucky to Rood & Riddle to pay a visit to Dr. (Larry) Bramlage. He's going to overlook the X-rays, maybe take some more, and then decide the best course of action."

Ive Struck a Nerve won the Risen Star as a 135-1 longshot after finishing fourth to Oxbow in the Lecomte Stakes in New Orleans. The 3-year-old has two wins in nine starts for $305,790.

03/09 19:11:07 ET