11/05/2009 12:00AM

Foot abscess keeps Allegre out of BC Turf


ARCADIA, Calif. - A foot abscess will prevent the longshot Allegre from starting in Saturday's $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita.

The scratch of Allegre was announced on Thursday afternoon. Trainer Brian Koriner said the setback will keep Allegre out of training "for a couple of weeks."

"It's a big, ugly abscess," Koriner said. "We tried to cover it up [with a shoe]. We didn't want to take a chance if he couldn't train 100 percent sound."

Owned by Brewer Racing Stable and Eagle Oak Ranch, Allegre would have been the outsider in the BC Turf. A 4year-old colt, Allegre has won 5 of 11 starts, including two minor stakes on turf at Turf Paradise last spring. The BC Turf would have been his graded stakes debut.

* Cherokee Heaven, a longshot in the BC Turf Sprint, was withdrawn on Thursday. He ran in Thursday's seventh race, an optional claimer, finishing third.