‘Very Minor’ Issue Knocks Dream Tree Off Kentucky Oaks Trail

by | 03.16.2018 | 5:47pm
Dream Tree (Drayden Van Dyke) - Las Virgenes Stakes

Undefeated Dream Tree is no longer being aimed at the Kentucky Oaks, trainer Bob Baffert told bloodhorse.com. The 3-year-old Uncle Mo filly breezed on March 7 at Santa Anita Park, but exited the work with an unspecified physical issue.

“I just wasn't happy with the way she came out of the work. I'm just backing off for a little while,” Baffert said. “It's a small issue—very minor—and I'm not going to run her in the Kentucky Oaks. … She'll be fine. We'll shoot for stuff like the Acorn (G1) and the Test (G1) in the summer.”

Dream Tree has won all four of her career starts, including the G1 Starlet at Los Alamitos in December and the G2 Las Virgenes Stakes in her 2018 debut.

The news comes as another blow to owners Phoenix Thoroughbreds, whose Triple Crown-aimed colt Mourinho was euthanized earlier this week as a result of an injury sustained while breezing.

Read more at bloodhorse.com.

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