Baffert-trained Dream Tree declared out of Breeders' Cup

October 26, 2018 03:32pm
Unbeaten Dream Tree, a top contender for the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, will miss the Nov. 3 race due to discovery of an epiglottic entrapment after her Friday workout at Santa Anita Park.

The 3-year-old daughter of Uncle Mo worked a half mile in 46.80 seconds, second-fastest of any horse at the distance on the day. But the respiratory issue will force time off.

"It's disappointing news, but we look forward to seeing her make a full recovery," owner Phoenix Thoroughbreds said in a statement on Twitter. "Thank you for all the messages of concern, we thank you for your support and we'll keep you posted on her recovery." Dream Tree was entered in the upcoming Keeneland November sale as well. According to the Daily Racing Form, she will no longer go through the auction ring but rather return to trainer Bob Baffert for a 4-year-old season. A $750,000 purchase, Dream Tree has earned $527,500 on the racetrack with her last three starts all graded stakes wins. She was an early Kentucky Oaks favorite before sidelined in the spring. Baffert returned her in Saratoga's Sept. 2 Prioress (G2), resulting in an easy, 4 1/4-length win and trip to the Breeders' Cup. The Baffert barn will still be represented in the Filly & Mare Sprint with Marley's Freedom, who last breezed on Monday. Baffert sent several other horses through works Friday, namely Juvenile favorite Game Winner, under Joe Talamo, who drilled in company with Ax Man and received an identical time of 47 flat. Distaff contenders Abel Tasman and Vale Dori went four furlongs, each in 47.20, breezing. Talamo was on Abel Tasman, while Drayden Van Dyke rode Vale Dori.

“Game Winner went great,” Baffert said enthusiastically. “I’m really happy with that work. Abel and Vale Dori went nice.”


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