FAIRBANKS - Three mushers have dropped out of the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race.
The field for the 1,000-mile race has narrowed to 24 mushers after the withdrawal of Jason Mackey, Becca Moore and Ramey Smith.
The race begins in Fairbanks at 11 a.m. Saturday en route to Whitehorse in Canada's Yukon Territory.
Four-time champion Lance Mackey - a three-time Iditarod winner - and original Quest winner Sonny Lindner are among contenders who remain.
Also running are Zack Steer, Hugh Neff and Hans Gatt, a three-time Quest champion.