10/23/2006 11:00PM

An ailing Point Ashley out of BC Juvenile Fillies

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ARCADIA, Calif. - An untimely virus has knocked the 2-year-old filly Point Ashley out of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, and will keep the Grade 1 winner sidelined until the Santa Anita meet that begins Dec. 26. Trainer Bob Baffert said Point Ashley was not pre-entered this week in the Breeders' Cup, and instead would be freshened for winter.

"She had a little virus going, and I missed some time with her," Baffert said. "I didn't want to play catch-up." Owned by Ahmed Zayat, Point Ashley won the Del Mar Debutante in summer, but finished a dull second in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes on Sept. 30, and has not worked since.

"She was flat [in the race], and came out of it really flat," Baffert said, adding that Point Ashley will skip the Hollywood Park fall meet.

Baffert will have another Zayat-owned 2-year-old in a Breeders' Cup race, however. He said Tuesday that Breeders' Cup officials informed him that Malt Magic will get in the Juvenile field though his resume includes only a two-turn maiden win and a troubled sixth-place finish Oct. 8 in the Grade 2 Norfolk Stakes.

Malt Magic worked one mile Monday at Santa Anita on Monday in 1:38.40 over a track not conducive to fast times.

"I wouldn't take a chance with him, but I know he can go two turns," Baffert said. "I'm still not convinced those other horses can go two turns."