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31 January 2009: Trainer Ken McPeek at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Florida.

Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Golden Ticket, dead-heat winner with Alpha in the Travers (G1) in August, was not pre-entered in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1).

“He worked really poor on Saturday and I was not happy,” trainer Ken McPeek said of the five-furlong work in 1:02.40. “We scoped him after the work and he was really clogged and had a lung infection.

“We postponed the decision until 11 yesterday morning, but it was pretty obvious he was not 100 percent. We will nominate him for the Clark (Handicap, G1, to be run November 23 at Churchill Downs) but it is doubtful he’ll run. Our goal is to get him ready for next year and have him compete with the top older horses.”

McPeek also said Charles Fipke’s Java’s War, third in the Dixiana Breeders’ Futurity (G1), would not make the Breeders’ Cup.

“He had a 103-degree fever Saturday morning and his white count was up,” McPeek said. “He will be out for a period of time.”

McPeek does have one Breeders’ Cup pre-entry: Shortleaf Stable’s Atigun for the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup Marathon (G2) to be run November 2. Atigun is scheduled to work this week and ship to California on Sunday.



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Any winner of THAT race has to be reckonded with.....This one has never been a gimmie
Magic City Thoroughbred Partners’ Golden Ticket, dead-heat winner of the Travers (G1) with Alpha in August, is rebounding from a lung infection that knocked him out of a possible start in the Breeders’ Cup Classic (G1). Trainer Ken McPeek said Golden Ticket was being pointed to the $250,000 Hollywood Derby (G1) at 1¼ miles on the turf at Hollywood Park on November 25.
good, he's not that great.

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