Lava Man Withdrawn from Goodwood
Photo: Barbara D. Livingston
Lava Man pulls out of Goodwood; grass mile next?
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Morning Line favorite Lava Man was withdrawn from Saturday's $500,000 Goodwood Breeders' Cup (gr. I) at Santa Anita by trainer Doug O'Neill. The California star is expected to run in the $250,000 Oak Tree Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. II) on grass Oct. 7.

After initially indicating a preference to run Lava Man in the Goodwood, which will be contested on Cushion Track for the first time, O'Neill changed his mind after entries were taken Sept. 26 and said the versatile 6-year-old gelding was more likely for the turf race. A winner of more than $5.1 million in his career, Lava Man is a grade I winner on dirt, turf and synthetic track.

Lava Man is a candidate for both the NetJets Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. IT) and the inaugural running of the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile at Monmouth Park, according to O'Neill.

Porfido was also scratched from the Goodwood.

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