Rustlewood Farm’s Mach Ride, one of the contenders in the $2-million TVG Breeders’ Cup Sprint (gr. I), was declared out of the race by trainer Steve Standridge Oct. 20.
A 4-year-old son of Pentelicus, Mach Ride suffered a foot abcess shortly after his fourth-place Vosburgh Handicap (gr. I) finish Sept. 20 at Belmont Park, an effort in which the colt had trouble getting out of the starting gate.
The irritation did not heal as quickly as the connections thought it would.
"His foot is still a little too tender to work him as scheduled on Sunday, and he had to work if he was going to run in the Sprint," Standridge told Daily Racing Form. "He'll be fine in a week or two, but it's not worth trying to push it and taking a chance of hurting this horse, even if it is the Breeders' Cup."
Out of Formal Dinner mare April Invitation, Mach Ride has won six of 15 career starts, including the Smile Sprint Handicap (gr. I) July 7 at Calder Race Course.
The homebred colt would have been the first Breeders’ Cup starter for George and Karen Rustle, whose farm is in Reddick, Fla.