Arcadia, Calif. â€“ Mrs. John Magnier, Michael Tabor and Derrick Smithâ€™s 4yo Magician, last yearâ€™s winner of the $2 million Longines Breedersâ€™ Cup Turf, will not be able to defend his crown in the 1 1/2m test as he has been declared out of Saturdayâ€™s renewal because of lameness.
Trainer Aidan Oâ€™Brien said Wednesday morning, â€œWhen he came out for a trot this morning he was found to be acutely lame on his off-fore. It was an instant decision to take him out of the race.â€
The Breedersâ€™ Cup Turf was slated to be Magicianâ€™s final career start and the plan was to retire him to Ashford Stud in Kentucky.
The other defection reported Wednesday morning was for Elizabeth Valandoâ€™s 5yo mare Free as a Bird as handlers attempted load her onto a Tex Sutton charter Wednesday morning.
Trainer Ian Wilkes said, â€œShe didnâ€™t like the sound of the engines and had to be backed off the plane. She is scratched. As long as she is OK, weâ€™re fine.â€
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