by | 11.17.2010 | 12:46am

Ray Paulick

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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  • D. Masters

    I love this horse…get well Colonel John and best wishes to you and your connections.

  • bill casner

    The Colonel is recovering well at Alamo Pintado Clinic near Santa Barbara. He is under the care of Dr. Herthel and is receiving antibiotics along with hyperbaric oxygen treatments. He is responding well and should be back in training shortly. His appetite is good and his white count is returning to normal.

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