TYSON FURY has been left gutted after placing $2,000 on his namesake horse King Fury to win the Kentucky Derby – only for it be withdrawn with an illness.
The 33-1 outsider for Saturday’s big race was named after Fury following his victory over Deontay Wilder last year.
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Fury, who was training in Las Vegas, was all set to make the trip to Louisville after seeing the tweets from trainer Kenny McPeek.
McPeek sent him an invite on the back of the Kentucky Derby tagging him from their official account.
McPeek said: “Come to town Big Guy, we’ve got your VIP tickets. It will be a Blast. I train the colt. Las Vegas to Louisville direct flight. Serious, DM me.”
He then replied to his tweet saying the ‘wheels were in motion’.
Fury confirmed he was going to watch his namesake race and wanted to lead the horse out.
He said: "It's always something I've been interested in, the biggest horse race in the world.
"I've always wanted to go to the Kentucky Derby, never had the opportunity to do so. This is the opportunity to do so.
"I'm really looking forward to going down there and meeting King Fury and getting a win because we only do winning, we don't do losing here at Gypsy King Headquarters.
"I hope it's a big colt. I will see him Saturday. Looking forward to going down there."
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However, Fury's appearance is now up in the air.
He did plan to arrive in Louisville on Saturday after a training day on Friday and planned to explore the city Muhammad Ali grew up in.
He added: "I'm going to walk the horse out, of course I am.
"How badass would it be, you own a horse and the Gypsy King, Tyson Fury, the undefeated, undisputed lineal champion is walking your horse into the arena."
However, Fury later posted a photo on Instagram of his outfit he had picked for the races with the message: "THIS WAS MY OUTFIT FOR THE Kentucky Derby but my hours [sic] #KINGFURY came down sick, so thought i’d share it with my peeps."
McPeek took inspiration from Fury’s incredible win over Wilder in their second fight.
Fury became a two-time world champion when he secured the seventh-round victory at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Vegas last February.
McPeek said: "That was such a great fight and so fun to watch, and he seems like a really fun guy.
"The other thing is when you name colts, especially really well-bred, expensive colts, you want to name them with a strong name."
King Fury won last time out in the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes at Keeneland and has two wins at Churchill Downs already going into this weekend.
Some bookies are already shortening his odds for this week and the interest is set to rise with Fury’s attendance.
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