Hit the Road is scratched from the Breeders' Cup Mile

Hit the Road is scratched from the Breeders' Cup Mile
Photo: Evers/Eclipse Sportswire

Hit the Road, winner of two graded stakes this year, has a fever and will not start in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

"Unbelievably bad timing and bad luck," trainer Dan Blacker said in a Twitter post. "We will get him healthy, regroup and point for the next race."

Hit the Road was 15-1 on the morning line and was to be ridden by John Velazquez. His withdrawal clears the way for Irish import Real Appeal to join the oversubscribed field.

Four-year-old Hit the Road, by More than Ready out of Highway Mary, has a record of 5: 2-0-0 this year. His wins this year came in the Thunder Road (G3) and the Frank E. Kilroe Mile (G1), where he finished a neck ahead of Smooth Like Strait.

Real Appeal had morning-line odds of 15-1. Trained by Jessica Harrington, he has a record of 5: 3-0-2 this year, with all of his races in Europe. The 4-year-old gelding has graded-stakes wins in the Group 3 Ballycorus and the Boomerang Mile (G2). He will be ridden by Shane Foley.

2021 Breeders' Cup Mile (G1)

*Rating is based on HRN fan votes, which rank the Top Active Horses in training.
#SilksHorse / SireRankRatingTrainer / JockeyLast StartHRN
1Master Of The Seas
Dubawi
 
C. Appleby
J. Doyle
7th, 2021 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) 
12-1
2Smooth Like Strait
Midnight Lute
 
6.79
M. McCarthy
U. Rispoli
2nd, 2021 City of Hope Mile (G2) 
10-1
3Space Blues
Dubawi
 
6.67
C. Appleby
W. Buick
1st, 2021 Prix de la Foret (G1) 
3-1
4Raging Bull
Dark Angel
 
6.97
C. Brown
I. Ortiz, Jr.
3rd, 2021 Woodbine Mile (G1) 
15-1
5Vin De Garde
Deep Impact
 
H. Fujiwara
Y. Fukunaga
8th, 2021 Mainichi Okan (G2)
20-1
6Mo Forza
Uncle Mo
 
7.07
P. Miller
F. Prat
1st, 2021 City of Hope Mile (G2) 
5-1
7In Love
Agnes Gold
 
7.62
P. Lobo
A. Achard
1st, 2021 Keeneland Turf Mile (G1) 
8-1
8Hit the Road
More Than Ready
 
5.95
D. Blacker
J. Velazquez
3rd, 2021 City of Hope Mile (G2) 
OUT
9Mother Earth
Zoffany
 
6.42
A. O'Brien
R. Moore
5th, 2021 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (G1) 
8-1
10Blowout
Dansili
 
6.96
C. Brown
J. Rosario
1st, 2021 First Lady Stakes (G1) 
8-1
11Got Stormy
Get Stormy
 
7.07
M. Casse
T. Gaffalione
6th, 2021 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint (G3) 
10-1
12Pearls Galore
Invincible Spirit
 
P. Twomey
W. Lee
2nd, 2021 Prix de la Foret (G1) 
12-1
13Casa Creed
Jimmy Creed
 
5.89
W. Mott
J. Alvarado
5th, 2021 Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint (G3) 
15-1
14Ivar
Agnes Gold
 
7.71
P. Lobo
J. Talamo
4th, 2021 Keeneland Turf Mile (G1) 
12-1
15Real Appeal
Sidestep
 
M. Harrington
S. Foley
1st, 2021 Boomerang Mile (G2) 
15-1
16Queen Supreme
Exceed And Excel
 
5.79
A. Balding
J. Doyle
7th, 2021 Joel Stakes (G2) 
30-1

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