Three Scratched out of Breeders' Cup
Three horses have already been scratched out of the Breeders' Cup World Championships that starts Nov. 2 at Santa Anita Park.
Paul Pompa, Jr.'s Sustained has been scratched out of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf (gr. IT) and Worth Repeating will not run in the Marathon (gr. II). About an hour after these scratches were announced, Super Ninety Nine was taken out of the Juvenile Sprint after becoming cast in his stall, according to trainer Bob Baffert.
Trainer Dale Romans said Sustained, a 2-year-old daughter of War Front who finished second in the Miss Grillo Stakes (gr. IIIT), is "about 90%. She will be fine."
The scratch, first reported via Twitter from the Courier-Journal's Jennie Rees, permits Infanta Branca to draw into the race for owners Mrs. John Magnier and Michael Tabor, and trainer Aidan O'Brien.
Trainer Mike Machowsky said Worth Repeating, a 6-year-old son of Giant's Causeway , was scratched because he was "a little off in his left front" Nov. 2.
Super Ninety Nine is a son of Pulpit out of Exogenetic (by Unbridled's Song) who is owned by Tanma Corp. The chestnut colt was second choice in the Juvenile Sprint morning line behind heavy favorite Merit Man.
The three scratches were the only news at Santa Anita on a cool, cloudy morning of Nov. 2, the first of two World Championships cards at the Southern California track.
Many of the Breeders' Cup horses were on the main track before it closed at 7:45 a.m. (PST). First post for the Nov. 2 program is 11:15 a.m.
The forecast is for the chilly 57 degrees (8:30 a.m.) to give way to highs in the low to mid-70s and partly cloudy skies. For Nov. 3, the weather in Arcadia, Calif., calls for clouds early, sun later, and a high of 80 degrees.
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