Rookie Anderson leads the Quest; Rookie Smidt removed from the race

Fairbanks rookie Ken Anderson leapt into the lead in the Yukon Quest. Anderson left the Yukon River checkpoint of Circle at 12:55 p.m. today, stopping his team for just a half hour, long enough to gather supplies. He was followed out of Circle one minute later by returning champion Lance Mackey who had parked his team there for 4.5 hours. Meanwhile, Wisconsin rookie Don Smidt was removed from the race for failing to effectively care for his dogs on the trail.

Libby Casey and Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks