American Pharoah's brother a late scratch in anticipated return

June 14, 2018 02:13pm
American Pharoah's brother a late scratch in anticipated return
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We’ll have to wait to see the brother of Triple Crown winner American Pharoah make his 3-year-old debut.

St. Patrick’s Day went into the gate for Thursday’s Ballycorus Stakes at Leopardstown but was withdrawn seconds before the race. The colt reared up in his stall, was backed out and hadn't time for his saddle to be removed before the rest of the field broke in the seven-furlong sprint on the grass.

We'll update this post when there's more information about the horse's condition.

Now in the care of Aidan O’Brien, Coolmore-owned St. Patrick’s Day raced twice as a juvenile for Bob Baffert, breaking his maiden in the second start, a win over eventual Kentucky Derby fourth-place finisher Instilled Regard.

O’Brien earlier this year said St. Patrick’s Day, who’s by Pioneerof the Nile and out of Littleprincessemma, could run at Royal Ascot. But with the meet next week, and the colt without a race since September, the prospect seems unlikely.

St. Patrick’s Day was an odds-on Ballycorus favorite before the late scratch. True Valour went on to win it at 7-5 on the U.S. tote.

 

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