01/02/2010 12:00AM

Cramps force Life Is Sweet to scratch

Barbara D. Livingston
Life Is Sweet had to be scratched from the San Gorgonio.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Life Is Sweet, the winner of the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita in November, was withdrawn from Saturday's $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap on race morning after a bout with stomach cramps, owner Marty Wygod said.

The San Gorgonio would have been Life If Sweet's first start since the BC Ladies' Classic.

"She tied up after galloping early this morning," Wygod said. "We thought we were over that problem. It's what plagued us from last year. We got over it after we came back from Del Mar. Unfortunately, it came back. Obviously, we couldn't medicate her and we couldn't run her."

Wygod said that he and trainer John Shirreffs will confer with veterinarians on a course of action, which could include continuing her career after a treatment regimen or possibly retiring the 5-year-old mare to be bred. Wygod emphasized that he wants to continue to race her.

"I really want to run her," he said. "Everybody started to see her brilliance in the Breeders' Cup. We'll try to figure out what makes the most sense. It's disappointing because she would have loved the grass. It's very puzzling."

Life Is Sweet has won 6 of 15 starts and $1,770,810. The Grade 2 San Gorgonio Handicap was supposed to be her first start on turf since May 2008. Last year, Life Is Sweet won 4 of 8 starts, with all the wins coming in stakes on the synthetic main track at Santa Anita.

Wygod said that Life Is Sweet seems to prefer training on dirt, which in Southern California includes only minor training tracks, but runs just fine on the synthetic main tracks.

"I think we may try to train her on dirt," he said. "We don't know what to do. She's not training well on synthetic. She can race on it."