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Walkwithapurpose out of Black-Eyed Susan with bruised foot

Locally-based Walkwithapurpose will be forced to miss Friday's Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan after sustaining an ill-timed foot bruise at Pimlico, connections announced Thursday.

Tom Mullikin, general manager of Maryland's iconic Sagamore Farm, released the following statement describing what happened:

"After Walkwithapurpose's final gallop this morning in preparation of the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes, she took a bad step and bruised her foot making her unable to compete in the race tomorrow.

"X-rays have been taken and showed up negative, but we want to take the necessary precautions.

"We will find  another race for her down the road after her foot has time to heal, and we are confident she has a great racing career ahead of her.

"This is very disappointing for the entire Sagamore Racing team after putting in so much hard work over the  past few months to get us to this point. We were very excited about the opportunity to have our homebred  filly in one of Maryland's most prestigious races.

"Sagamore will look to rebound on Saturday and enjoy Preakness Weekend. We would like to thank all of our fans for their overwhelming support."

Walkwithapurpose was most recently third to Close Hatches and subsequent Kentucky Oaks heroine Princess of Sylmar in the April 6 Gazelle at Aqueduct. That snapped a five-race winning streak she had compiled for trainer Ignacio Correas at Laurel, including romps in the Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship, Wide Country and Caesar's Wish.

Sporting a 7-5-0-2 career mark and $297,210 in earnings, Walkwithapurpose ranked as the 5-1 third choice on the Black-Eyed Susan morning line.

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