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Winchester Withdrawn from Turf Consideration

The Theatrical horse did not scope well following a Belmont Park workout.

The Emirates Airline Breeders’ Cup Turf (gr. IT) lost one of its contenders Oct. 29 when Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone’s Winchester was taken out of consideration following a workout at Belmont Park.

Trainer Christophe Clement said the horse did not scope well following a half-mile workout on the inner turf course in :50.62, according to Breeders’ Cup officials. The time was fourth-best of eight working the distance.

A Virginia-bred son of Theatrical out of the Spectrum mare Rum Charger, Winchester has raced three times this year. He has a win in the Sword Dancer Invitational (gr. IT), a second in the Stars and Stripes (gr. IIIT), and, most recently, a fifth-place finish in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic Invitational (gr. IT) on yielding turf Oct. 1 at Belmont Park.

Overall, Winchester, fourth in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Churchill Downs, has compiled a record of six wins, six seconds, and two thirds, with earnings of $1,572,498.