Trainer Antonio Sano cancelled a planned workout for Gunnevera at Gulfstream Park West Sunday morning, ruling out a start in the Aug. 31 Woodward (G1) at Saratoga.
Gunnevera, a multiple-graded stakes winner who has earned more than $5 million, had previously missed a planned start in the Aug. 3 Whitney (G1) at Saratoga with a bruised foot that had forced the cancellation of a pair of workouts.
“His foot is fine. He just hasn't come back as good as I want,” trainer Antonio Sano said. “The timing isn't good for [the Woodward].”
The $6 million Breeders' Cup Classic (G1) at Santa Anita Nov. 4 remains the ultimate goal for Margoth's 5-year-old son of Dialed In, who finished second last year at Churchill Downs.
Briannjenn Racing's Addilyn ($2.60) brightened Sano's day when the 2-year-old daughter of Palace Malice graduated by two lengths in a seven-furlong maiden special weight event in Race 2. The Kentucky-bred filly, who had finished second in her first two career starts while going 4 ½ furlongs and 6 furlongs, dominated her opposition under Edgard Zayas despite veering to the outside in mid-stretch.
“She is a good filly. She's still a little green,” Sano said.
J & G Stables LLC and Nicholas Vaccarezza's Shell Shock, a daughter of Triple Crown champion American Pharoah, finished second behind Addilyn while making her debut.
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