The two divisions of the May 2 Arkansas Derby (G1) at Oaklawn Park continue to lose starters. Originally drawn with 11 horses apiece, they now have nine-horse fields.
The connections of four horses—Shooters Shoot and Wrecking Crew (first division) and Saratogian and Fast Enough (second division)—have informed the Oaklawn racing department they will be scratched. According to a news release issued by Oaklawn Park publicity, official scratch cards for Shooters Shoot and Wrecking Crew had already been submitted. Cards for Saratogian and Fast Enough are expected to be submitted Friday.
This week, the trainers of Shooters Shoot and Fast Enough said their horses would not run because of physical setbacks, Shooters Shoot due to a fever and Fast Enough from a splint injury.