Mast Track won the 2008 Hollywood Gold Cup.

Mast Track won the 2008 Hollywood Gold Cup.


Mast Track Questionable for Cup

A quarter crack could sidetrack the likely pacesetter in Saturday's Breeders' Cup.

Trainer Bobby Frankel reported Oct. 20 that Mast Track, one of the likely pacesetters in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I), is doubtful for Saturday's $5 million race after a quarter crack was detected while he was being shod. Frankel had been having second thoughts abount running the colt in the Classic before discovering the quarter crack, and while he remains doubtful for the mile and a quarter race, he hasn't been ruled out of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.

“They were shoeing him this morning at the barn, and they discovered a quarter crack,” Frankel said. “I’m going to check him in the morning, and then we’ll make a decision. He still might run in the Mile. We’ll have to see how bad it is.”

Entries for the Classic close Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock prior to the post position draw for the race at 1 p.m. Frankel owns and bred Mast Track, a Kentucky-bred son of Mizzen Mast , who has won five of 12 starts, including a wire-to-wire triumph in the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) in June. The 4-year-old colt has earned $734,622.

Mast Track had worked five furlongs at Santa Anita on Sunday in 1:00.