11/02/2013 11:04AM

Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint: Caracortado scratched due to sore foot

Barbara D. Livingston
Caracortado was scratched from Saturday's Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint due to a sore foot.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Caracortado was scratched early Saturday from the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Santa Anita because of a sore front foot.

Trainer Mike Machowsky said Caracortado was still not 100 percent because of a small abscess just above a front hoof. Machowsky said the 6-year-old gelding “popped a gravel on his coronet band” earlier in the week and he had reason to believe it would be healed by race day, but it was not to be.

“He actually looked pretty good this morning,” said Machowsky, who also bred and co-owns Caracortado. “But about every third step around the shed row, you could tell he was sensitive on it. He’ll be fine, but for today it was a no-brainer. Of course, it’s very disappointing.”

Caracortado was 8-1 on the morning line with Gary Stevens named to ride in the BC Turf Sprint, which now is scheduled to have a field of 13. Mizdirection, the 2012 winner, is the lukewarm program favorite in the 6 1/2-furlong “down the hill” race, the seventh of 12 races.