Last year's juvenile champion Game Winner will skip the Breeders' Cup and possibly point for a 4-year-old campaign, trainer Bob Baffert told the Daily Racing Form Monday.
Game Winner will remain on the track but only for light training. Another Baffert runner who had been pointed toward the Breeders' Cup, filly sprinter Marley's Freedom, will also miss the Breeders' Cup, having been turned out for the rest of the year.
“He got real sick, and then he got real light on me again,” Baffert said of Game Winner. “I said, let's pull the plug. The Breeders' Cup is out. I'd like to run him as a 4-year-old. It's up to [owner] Gary West.”
Following a 4-for-4 unbeaten 2-year-old campaign which culminated with a victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, Game Winner came back this year with a pair of runner-up finishes on the Kentucky Derby trail and had a sixth-place result on the first Saturday in May. He returned in July to win the Los Alamitos Derby
Marley's Freedom has six graded stakes wins on her resume and finished fourth as the favorite in last year's Filly & Mare Sprint. She also raced in July at Los Alamitos, winning the Great Lady M Stakes.
Meanwhile, the current top choice for the Breeders' Cup Classic, breezed five furlongs in 59.80 Monday. Improbable, who is pointing for Saturday's Pennsylvania Derby, also worked five furlongs, clocking in at 1:00.20.
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