LOUISVILLE, Ky. - El Kabeir will not run in Saturday's Kentucky Derby because of an injury to his left front hoof. Trainer John Terranova II notified Churchill Downs' stewards of the scratch Friday afternoon, reducing the field to 19.
HRTV reported the ailment is an abscess.
All betting numbers remain the same, but post 1 will be left empty to give the inside horses more room to maneuver. Ocho Ocho Ocho (No. 1) will start from post 2.
Because the scratch came after the 9 a.m. Friday deadline, also-eligible Tale of Verve did not draw into the race.
Terranova, a native and resident of Syosset, said he canceled a morning gallop Friday because El Kabeir took "a few cautious steps. He has a tender spot in the inside corner of his left front foot."
Terranova said he was taking the reversal in stride. "It's part of the game, part of being a trainer," he said. "We'll do what's best for the horse."
El Kabeir has four wins in nine starts for Terranova, whose only Derby runner, Falling Sky, ran 19th in 2013.
Lovely Maria wins Oaks
Lovely Maria and 56-year-old jockey Kerwin Clark rallied to take the $1-million, Grade I Kentucky Oaks by 2¾ lengths over 26-1 shot Shook Up. A crowd of 123,763 filled Churchill Downs, an Oaks Day record.
Lovely Maria ran 11/8 miles in 1:50.45 and paid $14.60 for her fourth win in eight starts.
Larry Jones trains the winner and third-place I'm a Chatterbox. It was the third victory in the 3-year-old fillies' Derby for Jones and also the third for owner Brereton Jones, a former Kentucky governor. They are not related but apparently get along well.
"I know this guy was a politician," the folksy trainer said, "but he's one of the nicest people you could ever be around.'"