07/17/2013 4:41PM

Del Mar: Rail Trip out of San Diego with bruised foot

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Barbara D. Livingston
Rail Trip's long-range goal is a start in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, a race he finished second in last year (above).

DEL MAR, Calif. - Rail Trip will not be able to defend his title in the Grade 2, $200,000 San Diego Handicap on July 27 because of a foot bruise, according to his trainer, Ron Ellis.

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Rail Trip, now age 8, recently returned from a 7 1/2-month layoff to finish fifth in the Grade 1 Triple Bend Handicap at seven furlongs at Betfair Hollywood Park on June 29. The San Diego was scheduled to be his next start, and was to be used as a prep for next month’s Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic, in which Rail Trip finished fourth last year.

“I haven’t been able to work him, so he’s not going to make the San Diego,” Ellis said. “He’s getting better every day, but I’ve gotten a little bit behind schedule.”

Rail Trip finished second in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita, which is his goal this year.