Rick Samuels

Drosselmeyer Out of Mineshaft Handicap

The classic winner has a fever, according to a Fair Grounds press release.

WinStar Farm’s 2010 Belmont Stakes (gr. I) winner Drosselmeyer will not be running in the Feb. 19 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III) at Fair Grounds, according a press release from the Louisiana track.

“I’m told he spiked a temperature yesterday,” said Fair Grounds stakes coordinator Scott Jones during training hours Feb. 13.

The Mineshaft was to be Drosselemeyer’s first race this year and his first since capturing the Belmont last June. He had been assigned the top weight of 122 pounds. Following the Mineshaft, the 4-year-old son of Distorted Humor  was supposed to tackle the Dubai World Cup (UAE-I) March 26.