Midships, the dominant turf marathoner in California during the spring and summer, has been turned out at Juddmonte Farms in Kentucky, and will miss the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 7, farm manager Garrett O’Rourke said.
Damn it. I say.
“He’s had a bump in the road,” O’Rourke said. “We decided to bring him back to the farm. At the moment, the plan is to put him back into training in December.”
Midships, 4, has not started since finishing ninth in the Man o’ War Stakes at Belmont Park last July. Earlier this year, he won the Grade 2 San Luis Rey, Grade 2 San Juan Capistrano, and Grade 1 Charles Whittingham handicaps in succession.
“We’ll point for the same races” in 2010, O’Rourke said.
O’Rourke did not elaborate on what has caused Midships to be sidelined.
A winner of 5 of 16 starts and $527,975, Midships would have been one of the top domestic hopes for the BC Turf.
In late August, Midships spiked a 102-degree fever before an intended start in the Del Mar Handicap. He has not had a recorded workout since late August at Del Mar.