Haikal

Haikal, winner of the Grade 3 Gotham, was scratched from the Kentucky Derby Friday morning.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A quick look at Gotham Stakes winner Haikal.

Trainer: Kiaran McLaughlin. Owner: Shadwell Stable. Jockey: Rajiv Maragh.

Sire: Daaher. Dam: Sablah. Color: Bay.

Points: 70. Earnings: $373,900. Record: 5-3-1-1.

He closed late to get third in the Wood Memorial and got the green light to ship to Churchill from McLaughlin, who trains for Shadwell Stables and Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum. He has five career starts — all at Aqueduct. He broke his maiden in his second race out before a couple of stakes wins in the 7-furlong Jimmy Winkfield and the Gotham. McLaughlin, who came as close as you can come to winning a Derby without winning it when his Closing Argument was edged by Giacomo in 2005, said this colt will benefit from the added distance in the Derby. Haikal is the fourth Derby starter for Shadwell. Two of them (Jazil and Mohaymen) finished fourth.

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