The Kentucky Derby field just got a little bit smaller.
Tampa Bay Derby winner and Arkansas Derby runner-up King Guillermo has been scratched from Kentucky Derby 146. Concerns arose Thursday morning when the three-year-old did not make it to the track for his regularly scheduled workout. Trainer Juan Carlos Avila revealed this afternoon that the cause of King Guillermo’s absence is a fever.
“To race in a race like the Derby we need him at 100 percent,” Avila said. “We aren’t going to be able to demonstrate how good he is like this. I think we are going to have plenty of time to show his quality. He’s going to be a great horse and everybody knows we have to take care of the horse first.”
Like Art Collector, the next time you’ll likely see King Guillermo is in the Preakness Stakes.
The field for Kentucky Derby 146 is now just 17. King Guillermo was set to run from the sixth post position, moving every horse on its outside one spot closer to the rail. That means odds-on favorite Tiz the Law will not be running from the ill-fated 17-post. Now Bob Baffert’s Authentic will attempt to be the first horse to ever win from the seventeenth stall.
Kentucky Derby 146 Morning Line Odds
1) Finnick the Fierce (50-1), Martin Garcia, Rey Hernandez
2) Max Player (30-1), Ricardo Santana, Steve Asmussen
3) Enforceable (30-1), Adam Beschizza, Mark Casse
4) Storm the Court (50-1), Julien Leparoux, Peter Eurton
5) Major Fed (50-1), James Graham, Greg Foley
6) Money Moves (30-1), Javier Castellano, Todd Pletcher
7) South Bend (50-1), Tyler Gaffalione, Bill Mott
8) Mr. Big News (50-1), Gabriel Saez, Bret Calhoun
9) Thousand Words (15-1), Florent Geroux, Bob Baffert
10) Necker Island (50-1), Miguel Mena, Chris Hartman
11) Sole Volante (30-1), Luca Panici, Patrick Biancone
12) Attachment Rate (50-1), Joe Talamo, Dale Romans
13) Winning Impression (50-1), Joe Rocco, Dallas Stewart
14) NY Traffic (20-1), Paco Lopez, Saffie Joseph Jr.
15) Honor A.P. (5-1), Mike Smith, John Shirreffs
16) Tiz the Law (3-5), Manny Franco, Barclay Tagg
17) Authentic (8-1), John Velazquez, Bob Baffert