A high temperature has knocked Bham out of his scheduled start in Saturday's Fountain of Youth Stakes, forcing trainer Todd Pletcher to rethink his plans for next weekend. With Bham out, Pletcher now may run Indy Dancer in the Fountain of Youth rather than the Risen Star at Fair Grounds.
"Bham came up with a temperature," Pletcher said of the Remsen Stakes runner-up, "and he is definitely out of the Fountain of Youth. I'm going to work Indy Dancer tomorrow (Monday) at Palm Meadows and then after that I'll see whether I'm going to run him in the Fountain of Youth. It is between a possibility and a probability with him. I might also elect to ship him to the Fair Grounds for the Risen Star. I'll make a decision by Tuesday."
Indy Dancer is undefeated in two starts and will be making his first stakes start next weekend.
Pletcher sent out Lion Tamer for a half-mile breeze Sunday. That colt will start as planned in the Hutcheson Stakes on Saturday at Gulfstream.
Trainer D. Wayne Lukas will be flying in a pair of 3-year-olds from California for Saturday's stakes races. Ozzie Cat will run in the Fountain of Youth and Scrimshaw in the Hutcheson.
Also flying in to watch Ozzie Cat will be turf writer Billy Reed.
Ozzie Cat was named in honor of Reed's former pet after Lucy Young Boutin, daughter of Overbrook Farm owner William T. Young, was touched by a story Reed wrote following the cat's death.
"Whenever people used to visit Mr. Young's farm in Kentucky and they would pass Ozzie Cat, Mr. Young would say, 'This horse here is named after Billy Reed's deceased cat,' " said Reed. "I'm flying in (from Kentucky) for the Fountain of Youth. Wayne (Lukas) told me this horse has plenty of talent and is training well in California. He said he would be riding Pat Day on him."