LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Pablo Del Monte will not run in the Kentucky Derby, his trainer said Friday morning, leaving the field for Saturday's race at 19.
As an also-eligible entrant, he could have taken the spot vacated by Hopperunity, who was scratched Thursday morning because of a bruised left front foot. But Pablo Del Monte’s connections instead opted to stick with their plan of pointing the colt toward the May 17 Preakness.
The prospect of starting the Derby from the No. 20 post was too daunting.
With post No. 11 vacated by Hoppertunity, the horses in posts 1-10 will all move a spot off the rail, meaning no one will start from post No. 1.