King Fury will be scratched from Saturday's Kentucky Derby due to a fever, according to the colt's trainer Kenny McPeek.
“King Fury spiked a 104 degree fever this afternoon after he galloped this morning,” McPeek said on Friday afternoon. “He went off his feed after he trained. I feel gutted for all of the people that worked to get him ready for this race. Unfortunately he’s not 100%.... We’ll regroup and point to another race.”
King Fury, a son of Curlin, had post 16 in the Kentucky Derby.
With the scratch of King Fury, all horses to his outside will move in one spot in the starting gate. The program numbers will remain the same.
King Fury was coming into the Kentucky Derby off a victory in the 1 1/6 mile Lexington Stakes (Grade 3) at Keeneland on April 10.
Some handicappers had considered him a live and late-running long shot to get into the trifecta or superfecta in the Derby.
King Fury is owned by Fern Circle Stables, Three Chimneys Farm and Magdalena Racing.