KING FURY has been scratched from the Kentucky Derby following a spiked fever Friday after training. "So we're back here at Barn 6 at Churchill Downs with some unfortunate news," McPeek said in a video on Twitter this morning. "King Fury spiked a 104 degree temperature this afternoon after he galloped this morning, went off his feed, and we obviously have to do the right thing." The trainer also mentioned the colt had an elevated white blood cell count.
KING FURY earned his Derby start by winning the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) on April 10th. McPeek still has CRAZY BEAUTIFUL in the Kentucky Oaks this evening.
With the scratch, all horses to his outside will move in one spot in the starting gate. Program numbers will remain the same.
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