Muth Withdrawn From Preakness

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Zedan Racing Stables' 'TDN Rising Star' Muth (Good Magic) has been withdrawn from Saturday's GI Preakness S. after spiking a temperature following his arrival into Pimlico late Tuesday.

“We are sick about this. The horse had been doing really well,” trainer Bob Baffert told the Pimlico media office. “But we have to do what's right by the horse.”

Runner-up to fellow 'Rising Star' Fierceness (City of Light) in last year's GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the $190,000 Keeneland September yearling turned $2-million OBS March topper came off the bench to win the GII San Vicente S. over seven furlongs in February and gave his trainer Bob Baffert a record-equaling fifth victory in the GI Arkansas Derby Mar. 30. He was unable to contest the GI Kentucky Derby owing to the ban that remains in place against Baffert at Churchill Downs.

Muth was the 8-5 morning-line favorite in a field of nine and was to be ridden by Juan Hernandez. Kentucky Derby winner Mystik Dan (Goldencents), third to Muth at Oaklawn prior to his 18-1 upset two weeks back, is the 5-2 morning-line second favorite.

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