Trio of big-name contenders scratched from Breeders' Cup

Trio of big-name contenders scratched from Breeders' Cup
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An initial round of scratches from Friday and Saturday's Breeders' Cup races at Churchill Downs counted out three main contenders across both cards:

 Polydream, the 5-1 favorite in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Mile, will elect not to go run over turf rated "good" after heavy rains this week in Louisville, Ky.

 The same goes for Wesley Ward-trained Shang Shang Shang, the Royal Ascot winner who was 5-1 in Friday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint. Big Drink of Water will draw in from the also-eligible list.

 Additionally, trainer Shug McGaughey scratched Code of Honor from Friday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile due to a spiked fever.

“He has a temperature,” McGaughey said Friday morning. “He left a little of his morning feed and we took his temperature and it was 103. He’ll be fine.”

The Remsen Stakes (G2) is a possible spot for Code of Honor's next race.

 Looking ahead to the Classic, neither Collected nor Toast of New York drew in by the scratch deadline. Toast of New York will run later Friday in the Marathon (G2).

 Awesome Slew, a fringe contender for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, is out of Saturday's race.

"He has been a little lethargic and a little under the weather the past few days so we decided not to participate," said trainer Mark Casse.

 As previously announced, Hunt did not ship and has also scratched from the Mile. Two on the Mile's also-eligible list, Divisidero and Clemmie, should draw in to the field of 14.

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