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Haikal pulls out of field with injury

Haikal became the second Kentucky Derby horse to be scratched from the field.

It was announced Friday morning that Haikal, who finished third in the Wood Memorial, would not race in the Run for the Roses after it did not train Thursday morning at Churchill Downs.

The news comes after opening morning-line favorite Omaha Beach was scratched Wednesday night. 

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Haikal has an abscess in his left front hoof.

“It’s going to be a quick fix, but I don’t know if it’s going to be quick enough,” McLaughlin said on Wednesday. “He has to train for us to be comfortable with him. … If he’s still sore, he won’t be.”

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Haikal was at 30-1 odds and was going to run out of the No. 11 post position. He is 3-1-1 in five starts. Jockey Rajiv Maragh will get the ride if Haikal is still able to go. Maragh is 0 for 5 in the Derby. 

The final scratch deadline is 9 a.m. Friday. 

Bodexpress was the first also-eligible this year and replaces Omaha Beach. There is no second alternate, so now the Derby will be run with 19 horses. 







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