Two horses that won prep races were declared out of the running Wednesday for the Kentucky Derby.
Fountain of Youth winner Greatest Honour and UAE Derby titlist Rebel’s Romance will not compete in the May 1 Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs.
The Daily Racing Form reported Greatest Honour will get 60 days off. Trainer Shug McGaughey told the Daily Racing Form he wasn’t happy with the way the horse came out of the March 27 Florida Derby, where he finished third behind Known Agenda and Soup and Sandwich.
Greatest Honour ranked eight on the Kentucky Derby points list after victories in the Fountain of Youth and Holy Bull, both at Gulfstream Park.
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Godolphin, which owns Rebel’s Romance, announced the horse needs more time after winning the UAE Derby on March 27 and will be aimed at the Belmont on June 5. Rebel’s Romance ranked No. 5 on the Kentucky Derby points leaderboard.
The two defections bumped Rombauer and Proxy safely into the top 20 of the points standings for the Kentucky Derby, which is limited to 20 starters.