Haikal Withdrawn From Kentucky Derby Due To Hoof Abscess

Haikal, winner of the Grade 3 Gotham Stakes, has been withdrawn from Saturday’s Kentucky Derby due to an abscess in his left front hoof.

The Daily Racing Form’s Dave Grening reported the news about an hour and a half before the Derby’s 9 a.m. scratch deadline Friday morning.

It was an expected outcome after trainer Kiaran McLaughlin told the media Thursday morning that the Daaher colt was being treated for the issue, which was first detected on Wednesday. Haikal has not trained since the announcement, instead being treated with hot water and epsom salts yesterday, and being reshod this morning. The colt was still visibly off when he was jogged by hand on Friday, Grening reported, facilitating the scratch. He races as a homebred for Shadwell Farm.

“He’s just not right and the situation’s not right; the horse comes first and we’ll send him right home to Lexington today,” McLaughlin told Grening. “His issues aren’t resolved.”

Hoof abscesses are a common malady that strikes when bacteria works its way into the structures of the hoof through an opening in the hoof wall. An infection develops, creating a small pocket of pus and air that puts pressure on the surrounding structures until it is drained, cleaned, and healed. Though painful, hoof abscesses are considered minor conditions that typically pass in several days to a week or two and allow the horse to return to his previous level of work with no problems.

Read more about hoof abscesses here.

McLaughlin told DRF that Haikal would spend his immediate future at Shadwell Farm until he was deemed sound enough to resume training. Because there was not a definite timeline for recovery, McLaughlin did not have a return start targeted for the colt.

Haikal is the second horse to scratch from the Derby field since the race was drawn on Tuesday, following the Wednesday withdrawal of morning line favorite Omaha Beach due to an entrapped epiglottis.

With Haikal removed from contention, all horses that drew inside his #11 post will move out from the rail in the starting gate, meaning the inside-most stall in the now 19-horse field will be empty. However, their saddle towel numbers will remain the same.

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