was disqualified from the Arkansas Derby after his jockey, Billy Patin, was caught on video dispensing of a battery soon after crossing the finish line.
What the stewards did have was footage of the race shot by TV station ESPN, in which something can clearly be seen falling away from Patin's left side as he pulled Valhol
up on the first turn.
PHOTO Whether Valhol
, left, with Larry Damore up and trainer Dallas Keen leading, is allowed to run in the Preakness may be decided in court.
And his word is that James D Jackson, owner of Valhol
, should be paid the $300,000 he thought he'd won in the Arkansas Derby.
Meanwhile, controversial Arkansas Derby winner Valhol
has made the Kentucky Derby field following a favourable court ruling in Arkansas on Tuesday.
, right, leads the field through the packed first turn Saturday.
The colt is believed to have picked up his slight illness after being transported to Kentucky from the Arkansas Derby, in which he finished runner-up to Valhol
One horse that the Godolphin pair is unlikely to have to beat is Valhol
, the controversial winner of the Arkansas Derby on April 10.
Meanwhile, a hearing of the Arkansas Racing Commission to deal with charges that jockey Billy Patin used an electrical device when riding Valhol
to victory in the Arkansas Derby on April 10 has been rescheduled for May 5, four days after the Kentucky Derby is run.
To forget about shady affairs like the Arkansas Derby, won three weeks ago by the upstart Valhol
, whose jockey Billy Patin stands accused of carrying an illegal electrical stimulating device in the race.
In other Derby news, a hearing concerning Grade 2 Arkansas Derby winner Valhol
and his rider Billy Patin has been scheduled for Monday.
can race: Valhol
's owner has won the right to collect $300,000 for a suspicious Arkansas Derby victory, and with it the right to enter the gelding in the Kentucky Derby.