LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The field for Saturday's 140th running of the Kentucky Derby has been reduced to 19 horses after the owners of Pablo Del Monte decided to pass on the race.
Trainer Wesley Ward said Friday the horse's owners will instead point to the May 17 Preakness. Ward bred and owns a 25 percent share of the colt.
Pablo Del Monte joined the field after Bob Baffert-trained Hoppertunity, the Santa Anita Derby runner-up and the second choice in the morning line, was scratched Thursday because of minor foot injury. Pablo Del Monte would have had to start from the far outside post in a field of 20. He was listed at 50-1 in the morning line and was to be ridden by Jeffrey Sanchez.
The No. 1 spot in the gate will be empty, and the 19 horses will use posts 2 through 20.