Pablo Del Monte scratched, Kentucky Derby field grows smaller

Pablo Del Monte is the latest horse to drop out of the Kentucky Derby. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

When Hopportunity, the second favorite in the Kentucky Derby, dropped because of a sore foot Thursday, a replacement, Pablo Del Monte, was at the ready. But now, per the Louisville’s Courier-Journal, Pablo has also dropped from the field:

“Trainer Wesley Ward announced Friday morning that connections to also-eligible Pablo Del Monte have turned down a chance to run in the famous race after gaining entry due to Hopportunity’s scratch.”

“Ward, also a 25 percent owner, said the rest of ownership based in Europe will instead target the Preakness Stakes, where they can draw a better post position. Derby also-eligible entries that make their way into the field do so from the outside.”

This means that only 19 horses will break at the Derby this year, and no horse will have to run in the dreaded No. 1 spot. That’s good news for Vicar’s in Trouble, who will now get to start in gate 2. Vicar’s odds are a little better now at 20-1. They were 30-1 when the posts were first drawn on Wednesday.

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Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.
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Marissa Payne · May 2, 2014