One-eyed racing sensation Finnick the Fierce will not run in the 2020 Kentucky Derby.
After a rough morning, the horse’s trainer and co-owner Rey Hernandez announced he would be bringing Finnick the Fierce home to “play it safe.”
“He was not 100 percent how he trained this morning, had a little bit of a cough too,” Hernandez said. “We’re going to bring him home and evaluate him. … We could not find anything really obvious, so we’re evaluating, and we’ll see if we find anything.”
Finnick the Fierce, who drew the No. 1 post position for the Derby, was seen as a fan-favorite long shot at 50-1 in the morning line.
Following this morning’s scratch, only 16 horses remain in the field for the 146th running of the Kentucky Derby, the lowest total since 2003.
Oddly enough, the winner that year was Funny Cide, who has the same owner (Sackatoga Stable) and trainer (Barclay Tagg) as Derby favorite Tiz the Law (3-to-5 odds).
Tiz the Law is considered the heaviest Derby favorite since 1992, when Arazi entered the race with 4-to-5 odds. He ultimately finished eighth.