07/17/2013 3:41PM

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.

Dick More than 1 year ago
He needs to Retire................ He has done enough.....
Jordan More than 1 year ago
I know at age 8 there are limits to what you can do with the horse. But by Ellis basically writing off the first half of the year for Rail Trip, it means that if anything goes wrong the second half the horse might only make 2 or 3 starts all year. Ellis has followed a similar schedule with the 5 year old mare Include Me Out. He kept her on the sidelines, passing races like the Santa Margarita and Vanity so that she might peak later in the year at the Breeder's Cup. The danger with giving a healthy horse a lot of time off is that once they start training again an injury could surface and then they have no choice but to go to the sidelines, and then the year becomes a washout. I'm certainly not claiming that Ellis is wrong or made a mistake. Just commenting on the downside to such a schedule. And Ellis certainly deserves wiggle room given how he turned Rail Trip's career around last year after almost 2 lost years back East.
LeslieH0101 More than 1 year ago
Look at Normandy Invasion; bypass Preakness for summer races, now done because of foot problems--gotta run when they are good