05/04/2002 12:00AM

Danthebluegrassman scratched from Derby

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Danthebluegrassman, whose controversial late entry denied Windward Passage a spot in the starting gate, on Saturday morning was scratched from the 128th Kentucky Derby.

Churchill Downs's publicity staff reported that Danthebluegrassman "tied up" after a morning gallop.

His defection leaves the Derby with 18 runners. Buddha was scratched on Friday.