LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Practical Move won’t run in the Kentucky Derby on Saturday because of an elevated temperature.
The scratch was announced by Churchill Downs on Thursday. The colt trained by Tim Yakteen was the early co-fourth choice at 10-1 odds.
That moves Cyclone Mischief into the 20-horse field. The colt finished third in the Florida Derby and was second in the Fountain of Youth. He has two wins in seven career starts for trainer Dale Romans.
Practical Move, the Santa Anita Derby winner, galloped on Thursday morning and practiced standing in the starting gate. Earlier in the day, Yakteen said things were going well.
He did not immediately respond to a text message from The Associated Press.
The Southern California-based trainer still has Reincarnate in the Derby. He took over that colt’s training from Bob Baffert, who is serving a two-year ban by Churchill Downs Inc. for a failed postrace doping test by Medina Spirit, the 2021 winner who was later disqualified.