Two-time champion Tepin's scheduled 2017 debut will be delayed after the mare suffered a mild bout of colic on Sunday.
The Daily Racing Form reports that the 6-year-old mare dealt with a “brief bout of colic” Sunday morning after she completed training. As a result, she will not run in the G3 Endeavour Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs Feb. 11.
Trainer Mark Casse told the Form that the incident was minor, and that Tepin “definitely will run this year”.
“We had to treat her for the colic, which means she can't run Saturday,” Casse said. “She's fine now, and she'll go back to the track in the next few days, I imagine. She did this about the same time last year, if I recall.”
Casse had hoped to use the Endeavour as a prep for a possible start in the Group 1 Dubai Turf. That plan has been scrapped, however.
“This hurts the chances of us going over there, but we're not even going to worry about it,” said Casse. “Everything had to go kind of perfect for us to make Dubai, and it hasn't. Her work schedule got messed up with the weather and her kicking the back of her stall a couple weeks ago, and now this. Regardless, there are plenty of other races for her this year.”
According to Casse, owner Robert Masterson had considered retiring Tepin, but decided to keep her in training this year.
“If we don't go to Dubai, there's Keeneland and then maybe even back to Ascot,” where Tepin won to great fanfare last June. “We'll come up with some sort of plan.”
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