Arcadia, Calif. â€“ Zayat Stableâ€™s 2yo American Pharoah, 2-1 morning line favorite for Saturdayâ€™s $2 million Sentient Jet Breedersâ€™ Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita was withdrawn from the race Tuesday morning by his connections.
Trainer Bob Baffert said, â€œHe has a deep foot bruise in his left front. Weâ€™ll still be putting him through some scans and other things. Weâ€™re hopeful heâ€™ll be all right and youâ€™ll see him in the spring. If you look at him he appears just fine. The timing is just terrible. Iâ€™ve had to scratch horses before a big race, but this is possibly the worst.
â€œHe feels really good. He walks OK, but when he jogs you can see there is something there. Something like this gives you a sickening feeling. Itâ€™s a disappointment for the barn and the Zayat family, and anyone around the horse.â€
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