Preakness Stakes favorite and Bob Baffert-trained horse ruled out after spiking a fever


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Mystik Dan’s possibilities of profitable the second leg of the Triple Crown are trying higher after it was introduced on Wednesday that Preakness favourite Muth was dominated out of the upcoming race as a result of a fever. 

The Bob Baffert-trained horse spiked a “excessive fever,” and in consequence, Zedan Racing Stables introduced Muth was scratched from the 149th working of the Preakness Stakes on Saturday. 

Muth is seen on the observe in preparation for the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California, on Nov. 1, 2023. (Horsephotos/Getty Photos)

“We’re extremely disillusioned that Muth will not have the ability to run within the Preakness as a result of excessive fever,” the group stated in a press release. 

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“Based mostly on the advice of our coach, we’re giving precedence to the horse’s long-term well being and holding him from this race. We anticipate Muth to totally get better quickly.”

Baffert, who was not eligible to enter a horse on the Kentucky Derby due to his ban at Churchill Downs, will nonetheless be at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore this weekend with Creativeness, who can be owned by Zedan Racing Stables.

Muth opened because the 8-5 favourite, forward of Mystik Dan at 5-2. Baffert stated the horse was dominated out after reaching a temperature of 103 levels Fahrenheit roughly 12 hours after arriving on the racecourse.

Trainer Bob Baffert

Coach Bob Baffert appears to be like on after profitable the Sir Barton Stakes with jockey John Velazquez and horse Arabian Lion forward of the 148th working of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Could 20, 2023. (Patrick Smith/Getty Photos)

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“It’s disappointing as a result of we had been actually trying ahead to it. He may very well be effective tomorrow,” Baffert stated Wednesday, through journalist Tim Wilkin. “We jumped on this immediately. You’ve bought to maintain the horse. We deal with him and it’s important to neglect concerning the race.” 

Baffert holds the report for probably the most wins on the Preakness, with final 12 months’s victory marking his eighth. Muth beforehand beat this 12 months’s Kentucky Derby winner, Mystik Dan, on the Arkansas Derby in March. 

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Mystik Dan coach Kenny McPeek informed The Related Press that the 3-year-old colt can be able to go regardless. 

Mystik Dan at the Kentucky Derby

Mystik Dan, ridden by Brian J. Hernandez, Jr., wins the one hundred and fiftieth working of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, on Could 4.  (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Put up through Getty Photos)

“It is a fragile recreation: It could possibly occur to any of them,” McPeek stated of Wednesday’s information. “I assume it places added stress on us, however he is prepared.”

The Related Press contributed to this report. 

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