Iditarod rookie musher Sebastien Dos Santos Borges, bib No. 46, has scratched at the Unalakleet checkpoint Wednesday evening.

The musher from Chazey-Bons, France, officialy scratched at 5:25 p.m. saying it was in the best interest of his race team, according to a news release from the Iditarod Trail Committee.

Dos Santos Borges had 11 dogs with him at the time he decided to scratch.

Rookie musher Sebastien Dos Santos Borges from France leaves from Willow on March 3. (Daniella Rivera/KTVA)

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