10/20/2012 12:49PM

Breeders' Cup Mile: Woodbine Mile runner-up Hunters Bay has foot bruise, will be freshened

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ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Hunters Bay, who has been battling a foot bruise which he suffered during his second-place finish in the Woodbine Mile, will not be making the trip to Santa Annita for the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

“He’s almost perfect, but you obviously need to be perfect to tackle Wise Dan,” said Reade Baker, who trains the Kentucky-homebred 5-year-old Hunters Bay for Frank Stronach.

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“We think he has a brilliant future as a racehorse, and as a stallion, and we don’t want to do anything to jeopardize that.”

Hunters Bay had won the Grade 3, 1 1/16-mile Eclipse and the Grade 3, 1 1/4-mile Dominion Day on the main track at this meeting and was making his first career start on turf in the Woodbine Mile, where he was beaten 3 1/4 lengths by Wise Dan.

“He’ll probably come down to me at Palm Meadows later this fall, and then we’ll start looking for a spot for him,” said Baker.