A left hind issue will prevent Lexington Stakes (G3) winner first Mission from running in the Preakness Stakes (G1) May 20 at Pimlico.
Godolphin will scratch First Mission from this year's Preakness after consulting with the 1/ST veterinary team. He will receive further evaluation in Kentucky at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital with veterinarian Dr. Larry Bramlage.
1/ST operates Maryland Jockey Club tracks Laurel and Pimlico.
According to a Godolphin release, trainer Brad Cox worked with the 1/ST veterinary team the past couple of days to try and fully identify a left hind issue but was unable to do so on the grounds at Pimlico.
"We are obviously very disappointed, but the welfare of the horse is our utmost concern, and we are going to take the necessary steps to determine the best course of action to get him back on the track," said Godolphin director of bloodstock Michael Banahan.