Report: Mutasaabeq Off Derby Trail

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Mutasaabeq | Lauren King

Mutasaabeq (Into Mischief), a stakes winner on both dirt and turf, will miss an expected start in Saturday's GIII Holy Bull S. at Gulfstream and is off the GI Kentucky Derby trail, according to a report by Daily Racing Form's Mike Welsch. The Shadwell Stable colorbearer and 'TDN Rising Star' annexed the Mucho Macho Man S. in Hallandale last out and also captured the GIII Bourbon S. on the Keeneland turf in October.

“The versatile Mutasaabeq, impressive winner of the Mucho Macho Man, who was pointing for Saturday's Holy Bull S., is off the Kentucky Derby trail after coming out of a recent work with a minor shin issue, per trainer Todd Pletcher,” the report said.

A $425,000 Keeneland November purchase, Mutasaabeq debuted a sharp 4 1/2-length winner Aug. 8 at Saratoga before finishing a distant third in the GI Runhappy Hopeful S. Uncorking a powerful last-to-first rally to take the Bourbon, he was 10th in the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf before taking the Mucho Macho Man by 1 1/2 lengths in his return to the main track Jan. 2.

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