"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."
Sad to report we have to scratch Hit The Road from @BreedersCup Mile as he has a fever. So disappointed for his great group of owners. Unbelievably bad timing and bad luck. We will get him healthy, regroup and point for the next race. pic.twitter.com/8HXcCvUy3o— Dan Blacker (@dan_blacker) November 5, 2021
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.