10/08/2016 1:29PM

Firing Line to miss Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile

Barbara D. Livingston
Firing Line got sick after his only race this year in July.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Firing Line, second in the 2015 Kentucky Derby, will miss the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile at Santa Anita on Nov. 4 after falling behind in recent training.

Trainer Simon Callaghan said on Saturday that he is planning a late-autumn and winter campaign for Firing Line, who missed a scheduled start in the Harry Brubaker Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 24 because of a strained muscle.

There was a chance that Firing Line could have run in the BC Dirt Mile after a series of workouts, but Callaghan said that is no longer a possibility.

“It will be too soon,” Callaghan said. “I want to get him where he needs to be. He’s been galloping and has a good base of fitness. He’ll have a recorded work in the next few weeks.”

Owned by Arnold Zetcher, Firing Line has struggled through illness and minor injury this year. Firing Line finished fifth in an optional claimer at Santa Anita in July in his only start this year. He was found to be ill after that race.

Becky Wise More than 1 year ago
His courage to fight to the wire.  My edit
Becky Wise More than 1 year ago
Good decision.  I am so glad FL is on his way to getting fit & race ready.  We miss his talent on the track & his voyage & will to fight to the wire.
john gardner More than 1 year ago
That's a shame. Very unfortunate, but it may be in his best interest to retire him from racing and just not take the chance.
Joel Firsching More than 1 year ago
Derby/preakness can be hazardous to their health
Belle Book More than 1 year ago
What rotten luck!  I remember Firing Line from last year, especially the misfortune at last year's Preakness.