King Congie was scratched from the March 26 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (gr. III) at Turfway Park on the morning of the race.
Terry Finley, president of owner West Point Thoroughbreds, said the colt strained a hind muscle during a gallop at Turfway the day before the race and will be pointed toward the Toyota Blue Grass (gr. I) or Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland.
“He didn’t cool out well,” said Finley. “He’s about 90%, but not 100%.”
“He still seems a little off in that left hind but he is much improved this morning,” said trainer Tom Albertrani on March 26, “so he must have just tweaked something. But we decided to scratch to be cautious.”
Birdie Beats Par, slated to run in the Hansel Stakes on the Spiral undercard, also was scratched the morning of the race. The sprinter had drawn the 12 post and trainer Tom Amoss decided to scratch and aim for a race at Keeneland.