Discreet Lover worked in front of a Pennsylvania state veterinarian on Wednesday and according to trainer Uriah St. Lewis, will likely be removed from the veterinarian's list.
It is standard procedure in many jurisdictions to require a horse to perform a timed workout for a state veterinarian and pass a post-workout drug test before it will be cleared from the list. The Daily Racing Form reported the results from Discreet Lover's drug test will likely be available in a week or two. Horses may be added to the list after a race, among other reasons, if they appear lame or are in some other type of physical distress or discomfort on or after the gallop out.
St. Lewis said the horse was put on the vet's list following his upset victory in the Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup because he is prone to tying up after races. He was also added to the list after finishing fourth in the Metropolitan Handicap in June. ‘Tying up' refers to a spectrum of muscle disorders in the horse, and is characterized by stiffness and muscle cramping brought on by exercise, stress, and other factors. Some horses seem to be more susceptible to repeated incidents of tying up.
St. Lewis still intends to send the horse to the Breeders' Cup, but is holding off making shipping plans until he gets the all-clear from Pennsylvania veterinarians.
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