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Cupid has breathing problem, won’t run in Kentucky Derby

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Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert says Cupid has a breathing problem and won’t run in the Kentucky Derby.

Baffert’s decision Monday comes two days after Cupid finished 10th in the Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park. Cupid won the Rebel Stakes and was the favorite in Saturday’s race won by Creator.

Cupid came out of the race with an entrapped epiglottis, and Baffert says the gray colt was having surgery Monday to clear the breathing passageway at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky.

The issue is not considered serious. Baffert said Cupid “should be OK in a week” and would be under consideration for the Preakness on May 21.

Baffert’s American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years in 2015. The trainer still has Mor Spirit set to run in the Derby on May 7.

With Cupid out, Mo Tom moves into Derby contention at No. 20 on the qualifying points leaderboard. The Derby field is limited to 20 starters.

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Injury knocks El Areeb out of Kentucky Derby contention

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LAUREL, Md. (AP) El Areeb has been knocked out of Kentucky Derby contention because of a slight knee fracture.

Trainer Cal Lynch said Thursday that El Areeb would undergo surgery on Monday for the injury that is not career-threatening.

El Areeb had won the Jerome and Withers, making him one of the East Coast’s leading candidates for the Kentucky Derby on May 6.

Lynch said X-rays showed the knee fracture after the colt completed a 1 1/8-mile workout on Thursday. El Areeb was set to make his next start in the Wood Memorial on April 8 at Aqueduct.

Lynch said the colt’s surgery would be done at New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The timetable for recovery and return is uncertain, although Lynch said it’s typically six months.

Man o’ War exhibit honors racing legend born a century ago

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — A new exhibit on Man o’ War is opening across the street from the New York racetrack where the thoroughbred racing legend suffered his only defeat.

“Man o’ War at 100” is being unveiled Wednesday at the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs, across Union Avenue from Saratoga Race Course.

The exhibit’s opening coincides with the 100th anniversary of the horse’s birth on March 29, 1917, at Nursery Stud near Lexington, Kentucky. The horse was sold the next year at the Saratoga yearling sales.

Considered one of racing’s greatest thoroughbreds, Man o’ War won 20 of 21 lifetime starts. The horse’s only defeat was to a horse named Upset in the 1919 Sanford Memorial Stakes at Saratoga.

Man o’ War died in Kentucky in 1947 at age 30.