10/29/2011 4:43PM

Breeders' Cup: Winchester out of Turf


Winchester has been withdrawn from consideration for the Breeders’ Cup Turf, leaving the $3 million race with a prospective field of nine heading into entry day on Monday.

Trainer Christophe Clement did not immediately respond for a comment, but a Breeders’ Cup official confirmed Saturday afternoon that Winchester would not be entered in the Turf. Winchester worked a half-mile on turf Saturday at Belmont in 50.62 seconds. His most recent race, the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic on Oct. 1, was poor, with Winchester finishing last of five while beaten more than 19 lengths on a very wet Belmont grass course.

Six-year-old Winchester, bred and owned by Mrs. Bertram R. Firestone, finished fourth in the 2010 BC Turf and was sixth in the race’s 2008 edition.