Report: El Areeb Injures Knee, Will Miss Kentucky Derby

Graded stakes winner El Areeb has been forced to the sidelines after suffering a knee injury.

The Daily Racing Form reports that the 3-year-old colt by Exchange Rate came out of his Wednesday morning work at Laurel Park with the injury.

Trainer Cal Lynch told the Form that the colt will undergo surgery on Monday at New Bolton Center.

“It's the right knee, there's a chip and maybe a slab [fracture],” Lynch said.

El Areeb captured both the G3 Jerome and G3 Withers Stakes earlier this year. He was being pointed towards the G2 Wood Memorial April 8.

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