BALTIMORE — Holy Bull, the beaten favorite in the Kentucky Derby, won't run in the Preakness because of minor physical problems.
The gray colt's blood count was off and he was being treated with antibiotics, owner-trainer Jimmy Croll said Friday.
"There were a couple of things wrong," Croll said from his base at Monmouth Park. "Nothing drastic, but the vet said it would be better to give him seven or eight extra days (of rest.)."
Holy Bull finished 12th in the Derby after being bumped badly at the start and slammed again in the first turn.
Croll said Holy Bull will be pointed to the one-mile Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park May 30, 12 days before the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes, the final race of the Triple Crown.