11/02/2012 12:05PM

Breeders' Cup Marathon: Worth Repeating scratched with injury

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Worth Repeating, winning the Ralph M. Hinds at Fairplex, was scratched from the Marathon after coming up with a suspensory problem during training Thursday.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Worth Repeating was scratched early Friday morning from the Breeders’ Cup Marathon because of a minor suspensory issue, according to his trainer, Michael Machowsky.

“We trained him early yesterday [Thursday] morning in the first set, and he trained well, but when we took him out of the stall a little later he was off in his left front,” Machowsky said. “He’s had a little bit of a high suspensory problem. I had my vet look at him at that time, and when we came back and checked him last night he was still off, still not 100 percent.”

Machowsky said he is hoping to have Worth Repeating back in action before the end of the year.

“It’s nothing really serious," Machowsky said. "These types of injuries are usually pretty manageable. Shockwave treatment kind of quiets it down. If all goes well, hopefully we can bring him back later this season in a race like the Native Diver.”

Worth Repeating, claimed for $62,500 by Machowsky at Hollywood Park in June, posted a five-length victory in a nine-furlong stakes race at Fairplex on Sept. 23. But he is also a proven stayer, having won the Grade 3 Tokyo City at 1 1/2 miles here in 2011.

“Naturally, we’re disappointed because the Marathon looked like a great spot for him,” Machowsky said. “But if he’s not 100 percent, it’s a no-brainer not to run.”