Fever Knocks Shooters Shoot Out Of Arkansas Derby

Shooters Shoot, a horse entering the Grade 1 Arkansas Derby with momentum behind him, will be scratched from Saturday’s race after developing a fever Tuesday morning.

Trainer Peter Eurton announced his intention to withdraw the horse on Tuesday afternoon during a National Thoroughbred Racing Association teleconference, noting that the Competitive Edge colt didn’t finish his feed and had a high temperature. Eurton said the fever was a minor setback, and that Shooters Shoot would be fine in the long run, but it was enough to keep him from being in top form on Saturday.

Shooters Shoot was listed as an 8-1 co-fourth choice in the first division of the Arkansas Derby, which also includes buzzed-about favorite Charlatan, Grade 1 winner Basin, and Grade 1-placed Anneau d’Or and Gouverneur Morris.

Owned by the partnership of ERJ Racing, Exline-Border Racing, and Dan Hudock, Shooters Shoot has won his last two starts. He broke his maiden on his fifth try on March 15 at Santa Anita Park, taking a one-mile maiden special weight by a front-running 3 1/4 lengths. Most recently, the colt came out on top by a neck in a heated duel with Blackberry Wine to win a one-mile Oaklawn Park allowance optional claiming race on April 11.

Joe Talamo was slated to ride Shooters Shoot in the Arkansas Derby after piloting the colt in his last Oaklawn win.

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