Arabian Knight (Uncle Mo) has been withdrawn from consideration for the GI Kentucky Derby, according to a statement tweeted by the colt’s owner, Zedan Racing, Saturday night. The statement read, “Arabian Knight is no longer under consideration for the KY Derby. Trainer Tim Yakteen wasn’t happy with his last work and we feel it’s in Arabian Knight’s best interest not to rush and allow him more time to develop. We know he’s a superior talent and our plan is to point him toward a summer and fall campaign.”
Purchased for $2.3 million at last year’s OBS April sale, Arabian Knight debuted with a ‘TDN Rising Star’-worthy debut at Keeneland last November. He returned this year to win the Jan. 28 GIII Southwest S. by 5 1/2 lengths for trainer Bob Baffert. He was transferred to Yakteen’s barn following that effort and most recently worked six furlongs in 1:132.60 (3/4) at Santa Anita Mar. 9.