By Dick Downey
Super Ninety Nine was scratched from the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint this morning after a stall accident.
Tweeting this morning, Bob Baffert said, "Super ninety nine scratched from Juvenile Sprint. Cast in stall early this morning and scraped up. Should be fine in a few days. Bummer."
Meanwhile, on Friday morning Sustained was declared out of the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf, and Worth Repeating was scratched from the Breeders’ Cup Marathon.
All three defections affect the first day of Breeders' Cup.
The defection of Sustained allowed the Irish-based Infanta Branca to draw into the Juvenile Fillies Turf for trainer Aidan O’Brien. Sustained had been bothered by a bruise to the right front foot, and it flared up again, according to trainer Dale Romans. “We probably could have gone, but we felt it to be better safe than sorry,” Romans said.
Worth Repeating came out because of a minor suspensory issue, according to trainer Mike Machowsky.
“After training yesterday morning, he wasn’t quite right. Last night I had my vet and the state vet take a look at him and we said we’d do a double check this morning. He was just a little off in his left front; not much, but it was there. This morning both vets looked at him again and it was still there. So then it becomes a no brainer. I can’t run him in a race like this unless he’s 100 percent. He’ll be back for another day.”