Cough KO's Xtra Heat From Garland of Roses

Cough KO's Xtra Heat From Garland of Roses
Photo: AP/ NYRA/ Adam Coglianese
Xtra Heat, winnning her first grade I stake in the Prioress at Belmont Park in July.
Xtra Heat, who would have been heavily favored in Saturday's Garland of Roses Handicap at Aqueduct, will not run after coming down with a cough Friday morning, trainer John Salzman said from his barn at Laurel.

"She coughed a bunch of times and left a handful of feed this morning," Salzman said. "Looks like she may have gotten a little sick with the weather changing back and forth. I don't want to take a chance with her; there are too many other races out there. She's been too good to us. We're going to possibly point to the Interborough Handicap (run Jan. 1 at Aqueduct). That looks like it could be a good spot."

The daughter of Dixieland Heat, who would have carried topweight of 124 pounds in the Garland of Roses, is coming off a third-place finish against colts in the grade I Frank DeFrancis Memorial and a second in the Breeders' Cup Sprint. She has won nine of her 13 starts this year, and is a candidate for an Eclipse Award in both the sprint and 3-year-old filly divisions.

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