05/03/2002 11:00PM

Danthebluegrassman scratched from Derby


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.