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Life Is Sweet Scratched from San Gorgonio

Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic winner held back after suffering minor setback.

Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) winner Life Is Sweet was scratched from the the Jan. 2 San Gorgonio Handicap (gr. IIT) when she "tied up a little" following a jog on the morning of the race, according to trainer John Shirreffs.

Life Is Sweet, who was to be ridden by Garrett Gomez, was the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the 1 1/8-mile turf event for older fillies and mares. The San Gorgonio would have been her first start since her impressive 2 1/2-length victory in the Ladies' Classic Nov. 6 when she rallied from 17 lengths behind to win going away.

Shirreffs said he decided to scratch the 5-year-old daughter of Storm Cat, but did not think the situation was serious. "I sent her out for some exercise and she came back a little tight is all," he said.

He said the Santa Maria Handicap (gr. II) on Feb. 13 over Santa Anita's Polytrack would be a likely spot for Life Is Sweet's return.

Pam and Mary Wygod's homebred bay mare also won the Santa Margarita Handicap (gr. IT) last year and owns a 6-3-1 record in 15 starts while banking $1,770,810.