Ethereal Road out of Kentucky Derby

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There was one defection from the Kentucky Derby field Friday morning as Julie Gilbert and Aaron Sones’ Ethereal Road was declared out of the race.

That opened the door for RED TR-Racing’s Rich Strike who will start from post 20 under Sonny Leon for trainer Eric Reed.

On Saturday morning, the track will open for training for all horses from 5:15-7:15 (all times Eastern). There will be a renovation break from 7:15-7:45 followed by training for Kentucky Derby horses from 7:45-8.

Rich Strike, 30-1 on the morning line, is a son of Keen Ice who has one win from seven career starts, that coming in maiden claiming company over the Churchill strip. He most recently was third in the Grade 3 Jeff Ruby Steaks at Turfway Park.