King Fury scratched from Kentucky Derby after fever

King Fury, the 20-1 Kentucky Derby entrant called for world heavyweight boxing champ Tyson Fury, was scratched from Saturday’s United States racing classic after surging a fever on Friday.

Kenny McPeek, King Fury’s fitness instructor, stated in a Twitter publishing the horse had a raised leukocyte count and in a connected video stated the horse was not consuming.

“King Fury is going to be scratched for tomorrow @KentuckyDerby,” McPeek composed. “Spiked a high fever this afternoon & white count elevated. I’m disappointed for all those involved, obviously the right thing.”

The chestnut colt was called for fighter Fury, the British fighter who holds the World Boxing Council heavyweight crown.

“King Fury spiked a 104 (F) fever this afternoon after he galloped this morning, went off his feed. We obviously have to do the right thing. I feel gutted,” McPeek stated. “Unfortunately, he’s not 100%.

“This is a horse that had actually been doing actually well all week. Any person that enjoyed him train needed to be amazed. I understand I was and I felt quite positive entering into this race that we had a huge opportunity.

“We’re obviously going to scratch him on veterinary advice, which is an easy one, take him out.

“We’ll rebound and keep at it. King Fury will be great. Regrettably he’s not going to have the ability to run.”

The Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky, is the first of the US flat racing Triple Crown series that also includes the Preakness in two weeks at Pimlico in Baltimore and June’s Belmont Stakes in New York.

McPeek said he would likely plan on King Fury running again at the Travers Stakes in August at Saratoga.

“We’ll regroup and point him towards another race,” McPeek said. “I believe you’ll most likely see this horse pointed towards the Travers, which I believe is a fantastic area.”

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.