The field for the 141st
International Star had arrived at Churchill Downs as the leader in the Kentucky Derby point standings, but was scratched because of a quarter crack in his hoof.
"It's a devastating blow to come this far," owner Ken Ramsey said. "I thought I had a decent shot at winning the race. But it happened to A.P. Indy and a lot of other horses before."
The field for Saturday’s race is now 18, including favorite
Three horses were scratched from the original 20-horse field.
Stanford was scratched Thursday and replaced by Frammento. El Kabeir was scratched Friday after the deadline that would have allowed for a replacement.
International Star had drawn the No. 12 starting position. His removal triggered another shift in starting positions.
The No. 1 spot along the rail remains open and all others will slide one spot to the left.