WinStar Farm's Colonel John, the 9-2 morning-line favorite for today's Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap, has been scratched from the race because of a fever by trainer Eoin Harty.
“When I came in this morning, he wasn't eating and when we checked him we discovered he had a fever,” said Harty. “He hadn't shown any signs before this morning that anything was wrong. I guess the only worse thing would have been for him to run a bad race and then find out tomorrow morning what was wrong.”
Colonel John won last year's Santa Anita Derby and Travers Stakes at Saratoga, both Grade 1 events.
Ray Paulick will be live blogging the stakes races this afternoon at Santa Anita along with the Gotham Stakes at Aqueduct.
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