Thursday Kentucky Derby News: Appeals Court Denies Injunction For Muth

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Written By Eli Hershkovich | Last Updated
Kentucky Derby News

We’re closing in on the home stretch for Kentucky Derby odds, with the Run For The Roses set for May 4. Many storylines have arisen at Churchhill Downs, and we will have complete coverage over the next few weeks. In this article, we’ll fill you in on the Kentucky Derby news, with Muth deemed ineligible for the first leg of the American Triple Crown series.

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Kentucky Derby news: details on Muth

Unfortunately for owner Amr Zedan, the Kentucky Court of Appeals has rejected a motion for a temporary injunction allowing Muth, the Bob Baffert-trained winner of the Arkansas Derby, to compete in the Kentucky Derby. This announcement comes on the heels of Saturday’s deadline in which horses considering the Derby must be on the Churchill property by 11 a.m. ET to be eligible to enter the race.

Zedan reportedly argued that the initial two-year ban on the Hall of Fame trainer harmed him and the Derby. In 2021, Derby winner Medina Spirit was found with an impermissible amount of betamethasone in his blood after the race. Baffert then was suspended for the positive post-race drug test, and Medina Spirit was disqualified in the process.

Churchill Downs extended Baffert’s ban by one year in July 2023. After Zedan bought Muth for $2 million at a two-year-old sale in March, Muth was in Baffert’s care at the time of the extended prohibition.

Mitchell Perry, the Circuit Court judge, advised Zedan’s attorneys to be prepared to argue their case during the summer. No matter the bid for an injunction, Perry stated there were still legal issues up in the air.

Despite Zedan’s displeasure with the court’s choice, a spokesperson notes Zedan looks forward to having Muth run in the Preakness Stakes.

Some information courtesy of Churchill Downs Racing Communications/Notes Team

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