ULYSSES, the 7-2 ante-post favourite, has been scratched from Saturday’s $4-million Longines Breeders’ Cup Turf per recommendation from the track veterinarians.
The four-year-old son of Galileo is trained by Sir Michael Stoute, who would have been bidding for his fifth victory in the Turf and eighth overall Breeders’ Cup win after just 38 starts.
Flaxman Holdings (Niarchos family) racing manager Alan Cooper said late yesterday that the Ulysses had “some heat in his fetlock” following his turf workout on Thursday at Del Mar.
“He had a very nice workout yesterday morning … but the decision tonight was in the best interest of the horse,” Cooper said. “We’re all very sorry, especially for the fans, but it was in the best interest of the horse.”
Ulysses, coming off a third-place finish to Enable at Chantilly in France in the Group 1 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, has won five of 13 career starts, including the Group 1 Coral Eclipse at Sandown Park and the Group 1 Juddmonte International at York in June. He finished fourth behind Highland Reel in the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita.
Photo: Liesl King.