Breeders’ Cup Scratches: Mile Favorite Polydream Is Out, Despite Trainer’s Objections

by | 11.02.2018 | 9:04am
Code of Honor breaks his maiden in 2018

The Churchill Downs racing office posted a total of four scratches from Friday and Saturday Breeders' Cup cards. Most notably, Polydream (IRE), morning line favorite for the Mile, is out.

Five-time Breeders' Cup winner Freddy Head, the only individual to win a Breeders' Cup race as both a jockey and a trainer, was particularly frustrated when state veterinarians scratched his trainee Polydream from the Mile. The regulatory officials made the decision claiming she was “lame in a foreleg.”

“She trots in an awkward way because she has offset knees,” Head told drf.com. “On the track she is a pretty mover. I've tried to take them on the track to see her gallop – they wouldn't come. The state vet said no and no one can override their decision.”

Polydream is expected to race on into a 4-year-old campaign.

Shug McGaughey's Juvenile contender Code of Honor, who was his sole Breeders' Cup runner this year, is also out after the William S. Farrish homebred spiked a temperature Friday morning. Although he was admittedly disappointed, McGaughey told The Blood-Horse Code of Honor could be back in time for the Remsen in early December, depending on how quickly he recovers.

Shang Shang Shang has also been scratched from the Juvenile Turf Sprint. Trainer Wesley Ward told the Daily Racing Form the horse was coming out due to soft turf. Churchill Downs received heavy rains Wednesday afternoon and throughout the day Thursday.

Additionally, Awesome Slew has been scratched from the Dirt Mile and Hunt (IRE) has been scratched from the Mile, per the Form's Marty McGee.

Toast of New York and Collected did not draw into the Classic, as there were no scratches. Toast of New York will run in the G2 Marathon tonight.

Read more at Daily Racing Form

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