Hunt Crossing, runaway winner of the NATC Futurity at Monmouth Park, suffered an injury to his right knee during his most recent work at Churchill Downs and will miss the Sentient Jet Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Sprint .
“He worked on Monday and then we noticed he was off Tuesday morning and that’s when we found it,” trainer Todd Pletcher said. “He underwent surgery yesterday.”
Dell Ennis’ Hunt Crossing, who also was being considered for the $100,000 Iroquois (gr. III) on Oct. 29, worked five furlongs in 1:02 3/5.
The 2-year-old son of Corinthian has a career record that stands at 2-0-0 from three lifetime starts, with his lone loss coming in the Hopeful (gr. I) at Saratoga, and earnings of $110,417.
In related news, the plans for the horses in the Pletcher barn who are still pointing to the Breeders’ Cup were confirmed Oct. 27.
“All of our (Breeders’ Cup) Friday horses will work this Saturday and all of our (Breeders’ Cup) Saturday horses will work Sunday,” Pletcher said.
Included in the group of horses working Sunday will be Mike Repole’s Stay Thirsty and Uncle Mo, who are scheduled to work at 6 a.m. EDT. It will be the final major move for the duo of 3-year-old colts in preparation for Saturday’s $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I).
Also, mounts have been confirmed for eight of Pletcher’s 10 remaining Breeders’ Cup hopefuls. Aikenite (Sprint or Dirt Mile), Stay Thirsty, and Sweet Cat (Juvenile Fillies Turf) will be ridden by Javier Castellano. Finale (Juvenile Turf), Stopshoppingmaria (Juvenile Fillies Turf or Juvenile Fillies), Super Espresso (Ladies’ Classic), Sidney's Candy (Mile), and Uncle Mo will be ridden by John Velazquez.