05/20/2013 5:16PM

Belmont Park: Flashy Gray to miss Acorn Stakes

Barbara D. Livingston
Flashy Gray will miss the May 27 Acorn Stakes because of a quarter crack.

ELMONT, N.Y. – When Bill Mott scratched Flashy Gray from the Kentucky Oaks, the Hall of Fame trainer hoped he could have the filly ready to run in the Grade 1 Acorn on May 27. But on Monday, Mott said the foot bruise sustained by Flashy Gray has developed into a quarter crack, and she won’t make the race.

Mott said Close Hatches, the Grade 2 Gazelle winner who finished seventh in the Kentucky Oaks, is possible for the Acorn. She worked a pedestrian half-mile in 54.54 seconds Sunday over a “good” Belmont main track that had orange cones up to protect the inside.

“She’s possible if she does well during the rest of the week,” Mott said.

Mott said Emollient, who finished sixth as the favorite in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes last Friday at Pimlico, would be pointed to the Grade 1, $350,000 American Oaks on turf at Hollywood Park on July 13.

Mott said Emollient “burned the front of her ankles” when she stumbled at the start of the Black-Eyed Susan.