07/09/2011 12:49PM

Calder: Apriority scratched from Smile Sprint


MIAMI - Trainer David Fawkes was forced to scratch Apriority from Saturday’s $350,000 Smile Sprint Handicap due to a foot abscess.

Fawkes said the abscess flared up after Apriority turned in his final prep for the Smile, a bullet three furlongs in 35, on Tuesday.

“We’ve been dealing with the abscess for awhile and thought we had it under control, but it flared up on us at the wrong time,” said Fawkes.

Fawkes said he’s hopeful Apriority would be able to still make the Grade 1 Vanderbilt at Saratoga on Aug. 7.

“Hopefully we’ll be able to get this thing corrected, work him once more down here, and then ship him up to Saratoga for the Vanderbilt,” said Fawkes.

Apriority has not started since finishing second, beaten a nose by Aikenite, in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Sprint on May 7. Apriority was also second earlier this spring in the Grade 1 Carter.

Joining Apriority on the sidelines Saturday was Close It Out, one of six scheduled starters for the $200,000 Carry Back Stakes. Close It Out was also suffering from a foot abscess, according to his trainer, Steve Towne.

“It’s not serious and he’ll come back, but obviously the timing is unfortunate,” said Towne. “The same thing happened to us last year with Vee’s Accolade coming up to the Stallion Stakes.”