Forbidden Kingdom (American Pharoah), an early GI Kentucky Derby favorite and a leading contender for the GI Runhappy Santa Anita Derby Apr. 9, missed a scheduled work Friday due to a minor temperature.
“He had a slight temperature at the end of the morning yesterday,” Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said. “It's down today and his bloodwork is good, so we're hoping it passes quickly.”
Forbidden Kingdom was a front-running daylight winner of his last two starts–the GII San Vicente S. at seven furlongs Jan. 29 and the GII San Felipe S. at a mile and one sixteenth Mar. 5.
Owned by MyRacehorse and Spendthrift Farm LLC, the chestnut brought $300,000 as a Fasig-Tipton Selected yearling.