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Arabian Knight off Kentucky Derby trail; will return later

Syndication: The Courier-Journal

Arabian Knight pulls ahead down the stretch to win the first race for Trainer Bob Baffert and owner Amr Zedan Saturday morning at the Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Nov. 5, 2022. 2022 Breeders Cup Keeneland Saturday

Matt Stone/Courier Journal / USA TODAY NETWORK

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Arabian Knight is off the Kentucky Derby trail.

Wagering has been suspended on the 3-year-old colt for the Derby’s future wager after owner Amr Zedan announced the decision. Arabian Knight was the second choice on the morning line behind favorite Forte for the May 6 race.

“Trainer Tim Yakteen wasn’t happy with his last work & we feel it’s in Arabian Knight’s best interest not to rush & allow him more time to develop,” Zedan tweeted. “We know he’s a superior talent & our plan is to point him toward a summer and fall campaign.”

Purchased for $2.3 million as a 2-year-old, Arabian Knight won his debut by 7 1/4 lengths at Keeneland last November. He made his 3-year-old debut in the Southwest at Oaklawn in January and won by 5 1/2 lengths.

Arabian Knight had his third workout at Santa Anita.