No Royal Ascot for Bulletin, who gets new stakes target

May 23, 2019 12:01pm
Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint winner Bulletin won't make the trip to Royal Ascot after all, dashing America's top chance to win the Commonwealth Cup (G1) at next month's meeting.

Elliott Walden, president and CEO of WinStar Farm, reported that Bulletin spiked a temperature Wednesday, removing him from consideration for an overseas trip.

Now on the horizon for the 3-year-old son of City Zip is Arlington Park's Aug. 10 Secretariat (G1). With the New York Racing Association this year beginning "Turf Triple" series for sophomores, the Secretariat will cut back two furlongs to a mile on turf to attract a different sort of horse than the longer races on the East Coast.

Bulletin opened his career 3-for-3, all dominant victories in stakes company, before defeated for the first time on Churchill Downs' opening night in the April 27 William Walker Stakes. Trainer Todd Pletcher said his charge came out "a little bit flat," speculating that "
maybe we just brought him back a little too quick" from an April 4 victory in Keeneland's Palisades Turf Sprint.

A $250,000 yearling purchase, Bulletin is also campaigned by China Horse Club and SF Racing.


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