Lava Man, who was vanned off the track following a third-place finish in Sunday's Pacific Classic (gr. I) at Del Mar, was reported in good shape Monday morning.Leandro Mora, assistant to trainer Doug O'Neill, said the horse ate well Sunday night and walked Monday morning.
A report from track veterinarian Ray Baran after the race said that the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) winner was unsound in his right foreleg.
While the report on Lava Man was good, the career of Musique Toujours, who was also vanned off after the race, is in doubt, according to trainer John Sadler, noting the last-place finisher suffered a bowed tendon in his left foreleg."It's probably career-threatening, but he'll be OK," Sadler said. "We'll know more about that in a few days. He'll be off a long time and it's too early to know whether he comes back to run again."Meanwhile, trainer Beau Greely said Pacific Classic winner Borrego could run in the Goodwood Handicap at Oak Tree-at-Santa Anita and then into the Breeders' Cup Classic – Powered by Dodge (gr. I). "The Breeders' Cup Classic is our ultimate goal, so I might skip the Goodwood and go right into the Breeders' Cup," Greely said. "We'll just watch him and see how he does and let him tell us which way to go."Perfect Drift, the runner-up for the second year in a row, was alert and keen to see visitors in his stall as he awaits shipping orders on Wednesday. That's when he'll be returned to his home base at trainer Murray Johnson's barn at Trackside Louisville, Churchill Downs' training facility about six miles from the track.Choctaw Nation, the fourth-place finisher for the second straight year but only a length from the top prize, came out of the race in fine shape, trainer Jeff Mullins said Monday. "We'll give him a little time," Mullins said, "and we'll pick our spots. He'll probably run twice before going to Dubai [for a second run at the Dubai World Cup, UAE-I]. That race is our main goal."
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