08/14/2011 5:02PM

Del Mar: Avila scratches 'Princess'


Celtic Princess, the second choice on the morning-line for Sunday's John Mabee Stakes, was scratched at 1:45 p.m. by trainer A.C. Avila after she briefly spiked a fever on Sunday morning, he said.

Avila said that Celtic Princess's temperature rose to 101.2 at 5 a.m., but had returned to normal levels by 10 a.m. He said he was equally alarmed by an apparent loss of appetite.  "It's just bad luck," he said. "It happens. If you look at her, she is fine."

The withdrawal of Celtic Princess will change the complexion of the Mabee Stakes, Sunday's ninth race. Celtic Princess was expected to set or dispute the race along with defending champion Wasted Tears.