Friend Or Foe, part
of a coupled entry that formed the 4-5 morning-line favorite for today’s
Evan Shipman at Saratoga Race Course, has been scratched and will instead aim
for a start in the Grade 1 Whitney Invitational Handicap on August 6.
Trainer John Kimmel said he decided to scratch Friend or Foe, a 4-year-old
Chester and Mary Broman homebred, from the Evan Shipman after the main track
came up sloppy and that the change in plans will be “insignificant”
in its effect on the New York-bred’s training pattern.
“There goes the conservative route,” said Kimmel. “I
guess it was meant to be. My horse is ready.”
Friend Or Foe, emphatic victor of last year’s Empire Classic, has
made one start in 2011, defeating Grade 1 winner Rail Trip by a head in the
Easy Goer overnight stakes at Belmont
Park on June 5.