Repent To Miss Classic with Tendon Injury

Repent To Miss Classic with Tendon Injury
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Repent, who will miss the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Repent, who disappointed as the favorite in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, will be given some time off due to what trainer Kenny McPeek calls a "suspicious tendon" in his left front leg.

"It definitely looks to be a remnant of the Gold Cup," McPeek said. "There's a little heat there, and the tendon just doesn't look right to me. He's not 100 percent and the vet said if we back off him a little he'll be fine. To the untrained eye, you couldn't even tell anything was wrong. But we'll be okay. He'll be back next year.

"I know it's been a roller coaster year, but that's part of the game. I hope I have more years like this, where there are highs and lows at this level."

Earlier in the year, Repent had a chip removed from his left front ankle after winning the Louisiana Derby and finishing second in the Illinois, which kept him out of the Triple Crown. He returned with a big effort to finish second to Medaglia d'Oro in the Travers. Even with the injuries to Repent and Belmont winner Sarava, McPeek still has Take Charge Lady for the Breeders' Cup distaff, where she should be one of the favorites. McPeek said she bounced out of her Spinster win in great shape and will van to Arlington a few days days before the Breeders' Cup.

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