10/28/2011 3:53PM

Breeders' Cup: Cozi Rosie forced to miss Filly-Mare Turf


ARCADIA, Calif. - Cozi Rosie, the winner of two Grade 2 stakes this year, will not start in the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Churchill Downs next Friday after she was found to be “off behind” on Friday morning, according to Dottie Ingordo, the racing manager for owners Jerry and Ann Moss.

Cozi Rosie, trained by John Sadler, is scheduled to undergo nuclear scan tests at Santa Anita next week to further evaluate her condition, Ingordo said.

“Because the timing is so close we have to decline the chance to run in the Breeders’ Cup,” Ingordo said. “You have to do what’s right for the horse.”

Bred by the Mosses, Cozi Rosie has won 5 of 14 starts and $527,280. A three-time stakes winner, Cozi Rosie won the Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap at Santa Anita in March and the Grade 2 John Mabee Stakes at Del Mar in August. She was a fast-closing second to Dubawi Heights in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 1.

The defection of Cozi Rosie is the latest in a series of Breeders’ Cup-related disappointments for Sadler, who has lost three other candidates.
Earlier this month, Twirling Candy, considered a hopeful for the BC Dirt Mile, was retired; Zazu, owned by the Mosses, was taken out of consideration for the BC Ladies’ Classic; and Celtic New Year was not pre-entered for the BC Turf earlier this week.