Meanwhile, trainer Nick Zito informed Churchill Downs racing officials that Double Diamond Farm's Eagle Eyrie, a son of Runaway Groom and the winner of a 7 1/2-furlong maiden race on Nov. 17, would run in the Kentucky Jockey Club.
Elmer Miller's What A Bad Day, third in the Iroquois (gr. III), has suffered a knee injury and will not run in the $200,000-added Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) on Nov. 30.The Carl Nafzger-trained son of Dehere apparently suffered the injury during a workout Wednesday. Assistant trainer Ian Wilkes said the gray colt injured his right knee in the drill and the injury could require surgery."He worked great -- he couldn't have worked any better," said Wilkes. "But he did not come out of the work good."What A Bad Day breezed five furlongs in a sharp 1:01.60.Miller's colt had overcome considerable traffic problems to finish a rallying third in the one-mile Iroquois and figured to be one of the favorites for the 1 1/16-mile Kentucky Jockey Club. What A Bad Day ran a distant 10th in his August debut at Saratoga, but won his next two races at Turfway Park and Saratoga by a combined total of 13 1/2-lengths. The Kentucky Jockey Club has lost another contender, but a new name has been added to the prospective cast for the early Kentucky Derby prep. Trainer Robert Holthus said Kenneth English and Alan Braun's Iroquois runner-up Alke would bypass the Kentucky Jockey Club. Holthus said the son of Grand Slam probably would not return to action until the Oaklawn meet.