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Baffert's Charlatan to miss Belmont, Kentucky Derby

Drayden Van Dyke, top, pats Charlatan after winning the sixth race at Santa Anita Park,...
Drayden Van Dyke, top, pats Charlatan after winning the sixth race at Santa Anita Park, Saturday, March 14, 2020, in Arcadia, Calif. While most of the sports world is idled by the coronavirus pandemic, horse racing runs on. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)(WKYT)
Published: Jun. 6, 2020 at 8:27 PM EDT
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Undefeated Arkansas Derby winner Charlatan will miss the Kentucky Derby on September 5.

Trainer Bob Baffert announced the news on Saturday, saying Charlatan needs 45 days off because of a minor ankle issue.

“He's got a filling in a front ankle,” Baffert said. “They (veterinarians) found something there and we'll probably have it taken out (surgically).”

Charlatan will miss the Belmont on June 20 and the Kentucky Derby on September 5, but may still run in the Preakness on October 3.

Charlatan is undefeated, but reports of a positive drug test for the Class 2 medication lidocaine emerged and Baffert is awaiting results of a confirmatory split sample test that could lead to Charlatan's disqualification.

Charlatan is the second Baffert-trained horse to miss this year's Kentucky Derby. Nadal was retired due to a condylar fracture.