Gary and Mary West's multiple graded-stakes winner Game Winner will miss his next scheduled start in the 150th running of the Grade 1, $1.25 million Runhappy Travers due to a virus, Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert said.
“We're still absorbing the disappointment,” said Baffert. “He's going to be fine, but it's the timing.”
Game Winner posted a six-furlong breeze in 1:12 flat on Tuesday at Del Mar, but Baffert said the reigning Eclipse Award-champion 2-Year-Old was not being his usual self on Thursday morning.
“He worked great, but today he had a little temperature,” said Baffert. “There's been a little virus going through the barn. He was my second one this week. I hope it stays away from the others.”
Game Winner won three Grade 1 races in a spectacular 2-year-old campaign that include a victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. After finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, Game Winner made a tremendous return to the winner's circle with a five-length score in the Grade 3 Los Alamitos Derby.
Baffert said he was uncertain where the 3-year-old Candy Ride colt would run next.
“It's too bad because he couldn't be doing better right now,” added Baffert. “I haven't thought about anything now.”
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