Leslie and Pierre Amestoy and Roger Beasley’s Practical Move (Practical Joke) will be scratched from GI Kentucky Derby 149 due to an elevated temperature, according to trainer Tim Yakteen.
With the scratch of Practical Move, Albaugh Family Stables’ Cyclone Mischief (Into Mischief), who is trained by Dale Romans, will draw into the field and break from the outside post 20, but his program number will remain the same as No. 21, Churchill Downs said in a release on Thursday afternoon.
“You have to be in it to win it,” Romans said by phone, who drew in after the defection. “I feel bad for Tim and all the connections. They have such a good horse. But I’m glad to be in the race. I think he’s got a shot. Speed is dangerous and I think he’s the speed of the race. I don’t think the 20 hole will bother him because he’ll come out of there running and get in good position in the first turn and, from there, we’ll see what happens.” Cyclone Mischief’s normal jockey, Joel Rosario, has already committed to Disarm (Gun Runner), and Romans said there had been no decision yet on a replacement. “We’ll have to see who is available.”
All other horse’s program numbers will also remain the same but those who were drawn outside Practical Move will break from one gate to their inside.