05/03/2014 8:51AM

Big Bazinga sick, scratched from American Turf

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Tom Keyser
Big Bazinga will target the Victoria Park Stakes at Woodbine on June 22.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Big Bazinga, whose connections at one point had hoped to run in the Kentucky Derby, was scratched from Saturday’s Grade 2, $250,000 American Turf at Churchill Downs after getting sick, trainer Katerina Vassilieva said Saturday morning.

Vassilieva said Big Bazinga coughed a couple of times after his last workout, and a blood test performed Friday “wasn’t good.”

Vassilieva said Big Bazinga had mucous coming out of his nose Saturday morning and will be treated with antibiotics. After he shows improvement, Big Bazinga will be shipped to a farm in Ontario for a brief respite. Vassilieva hopes to have Big Bazinga ready for the Victoria Park Stakes at Woodbine on June 22.

“It’s very disappointing, but we have to do what’s right for the horse,” Vassilieva said from Ontario, where she drove to Friday night. “He’s had a long campaign; he’s been going since September. It’s a miracle nothing happened to him before now. I’m grateful for that. Now he deserves a break.”

Big Bazinga, a gelding by Bluegrass Cat, had run fifth in the Spiral Stakes at Turfway and was fourth in the Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland. His only win came last September over the synthetic surface at Woodbine.

His scratch leaves a field of 10 in the American Turf, scheduled for 1 1/16 miles.

The American Turf could run through Glen Hill Farm. That outfit sends out Global View, a $500,000 son of Galileo who won the Grade 3 Generous Stakes at 2 but is winless in two starts this year, including a seventh-place finish in the off-the-turf Transylvania.

Glen Hill Farm owned and bred Quotient but sold the gelding by Stormy Atlantic to Hronis Racing and trainer John Sadler. He ran a strong second, beaten a nose, in the Pasadena Stakes on March 22 at Santa Anita.

“He ran a big race for us first time – he got a very fast Ragozin number – so I thought I’d take a chance with a bigger race for him back here,” Sadler said. “It was a fast race. He had a little trouble. I think he could have won it.”

Picozza, Woodfield Springs, and Storming Inti – the second-, third-, and fourth-place finishers from the Transylvania – return to turf in this spot. Storming Inti won the Kitten’s Joy Stakes on turf at Gulfstream, while Picozza was a smart-looking maiden winner on turf, also at Gulfstream