Preakness favorite Muth out after spiking temperature

BALTIMORE — Officials announced Wednesday that Preakness Stakes favorite Muth is out of Saturday’s race after spiking a temperature.

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Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said he had no choice but to scratch after the horse registered a temperature of 103 after arriving at Pimlico Racecourse on Tuesday night.

“We are sick about this. The horse had been doing really well,” Baffert said in a statement. “But we have to do what’s right by the horse.”

Muth was an 8-5 favorite to win the race after coming out on top of the Arkansas Derby earlier this year, beating Kentucky Derby winner Mystic Dan, WBAL-TV reported. With Muth’s exit, the favorites are now Imagination and Mystic Dan, according to the news station.

Baffert also owns Imagination and is going for his ninth win at the Preakness, WJZ-TV reported.

The 149th running of the Preakness Stakes is scheduled for Saturday. It is the second leg of the coveted Triple Crown.

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