Dec 17, 2011 2:37 PM
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Churchill Downs will allow replacements for scratched entries in The Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks beginning next year.
Churchill says up to four "also-eligible" entrants will be designated ahead of each of the races. The replacement horses would be able to run if there are scratches before 9 a.m. on the day of the Oaks, which is the Friday before the first Saturday in May.
Churchill Downs President Kevin Flanery says there had been discussion about allowing the late entries after two recent Kentucky Derby favorites, including Uncle Mo this year, had late scratches.
If a late scratch occurs, the also-eligible horse with the highest total earnings in graded stakes races would be first in line, and that horse would move into the outermost post position.