Kudos was scratched from Del Mar's $1-million Pacific Classic (gr. I) Friday morning when it was discovered he bowed a tendon in his left foreleg during Thursday's five-furlong workout on the main track.
"We discovered the bow this morning," Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella said. "It's not a terribly bad bow, but it's bad enough."
The trainer doesn't believe the injury means the end of Kudos' career. "We'll do some surgery on him," Mandella said, "and then we'll work on it and give him time off and we'll try him again next year."
Kudos, a 6-year-old Kris S. gelding owned by Jerome and Ann Moss, turned in a sparkling workout Thursday, traveling the five furlongs in 59.80.
The departure of Kudos leaves the field for Sunday's race at only four -- Medaglia d'Oro, Milwaukee Brew, Candy Ride and Fleetstreet Dancer -- and makes it the smallest in the 13-year history of the race.
Candy Ride, who sizzled a half-mile Thursday morning in 47.60, walked the shed row for Hall of Fame trainer Ron McAnally this morning and is scheduled to jog Saturday morning.
Two-time Santa Anita Handicap (gr. I) winner Milwaukee Brew, who finished third in last year's Pacific Classic, and Medaglia d'Oro, both racing for Hall of Famer Robert Frankel, galloped on the main track this morning, as did Fleetstreet Dancer for trainer Doug O'Neill. Frankel is in search of his seventh victory in the 13th running of the race.
The Pacific Classic will be run as the fifth race on the day's 11-race card, with post time at approximately 5:45 p.m. EDT. The race will be shown live on ESPN along with the Ballerina Handicap (gr. I) from Saratoga.