Continuar is Third Horse Scratched from Kentucky Derby

Continuar scratched from the Kentucky Derby

Japan’s Continuar has become the third horse scratched from the Kentucky Derby, following Practical Move and Lord Miles. Trainer Yoshito Yahagi released the following statement tonight:

“After evaluating the colt upon my arrival, I feel that he has not been able to reach the peak fitness required to take on a race as tough as the Kentucky Derby.” “Considering the future of the horse and the fact that we cannot show the horse’s true ability in his current state, we have decided to scratch Continuar from the Kentucky Derby. I am very sorry that I cannot participate in the world’s number one horse racing festival, however I sincerely hope to return to the Derby in the future. I want to thank everyone who has supported Continuar and Yahagi Stable on this journey.”

Continuar qualified for the Derby after competing in the Japan Road to the Kentucky Derby point series.

King Russell is the last also-eligible horse for the Derby and will start from the outside rail. If any other horse scratches before the Friday 9 a.m. deadline, the Derby will not have a full 20-horse field.

Kudos to Continuar’s trainer for making a hard call but ultimately choosing what is right for the horse.




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