04/10/2014 6:16PM

Lea to miss Charles Town Classic due to fever

Barbara D. Livingston
Lea, winner of the Donn Handicap, will miss a planned start in the Charles Town Classic due to a fever.

The anticipated showdown between Game On Dude and Lea in the Grade 2, $1.5 million Charles Town Classic on April 19 will not happen as Lea has been withdrawn from consideration for the race after developing a fever, trainer Bill Mott said Thursday.

Mott said Lea was diagnosed with the temperature Monday at his winter/spring base of Payson Park.

“Everything is down to normal today, but obviously his system has been challenged,” Mott said by phone. “We’re going to back off of him for a while.”

Mott had previously said he was hoping to make the Grade 1, $1.25 million Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park on June 7 with Lea.

“We’d like to do that, I don’t know if we’ll have time to run in the Westchester or not,” said Mott, referring to the Grade 3, $150,000 Westchester, a one-turn mile race at Belmont Park on May 11.

Lea, a son of First Samurai, had established himself as one of the leading older males in training by virtue of victories in the Grade 3 Hal’s Hope and Grade 1 Donn Handicap, both at Gulfstream Park.

It remains to be seen who will challenge Game On Dude, last year’s Charles Town Classic winner, in this year’s race. Clubhouse Ride, second in the Charles Town Classic last year; Long River, second in the Excelsior last month; and Percussion, fourth in the Charles Town Classic and third in the Excelsior, are among the possible starters.

Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
You throw out my post and then you don't even correct your mistakes . Clubhouse Ride RAN 2ND @ CT last year beating RTG again . Like he did every time they raced !!
Matthew Ellis More than 1 year ago
Are trainers crazy ship your horse and compete with Game on Dude for $1.5 Million Dollars on his least favorite track/surface. ( " M. Smith he really doesn't like CT tight track/turns and was having problems with it ") COMPETE RUN - RACE
Lawrence MacSelwiney More than 1 year ago
Yeah I don't get it. 1.5 Mil and that is the best they can draw.
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Sad. I think lea would of won
Malihe Yahyavi More than 1 year ago
game on dude would destroy that rat
Cris McHenka More than 1 year ago
I am positive the race will draw more than Game On Dude. I cannot believe that anyone would be so short sighted as to complain about a Breeder's Cup Classic quaility horse running at Charles Town. What other day of the year do you get the chance to see horses that only run in New York or CA to come to WV. These races bring the crowds that allow the local horsemen interested specators. You know the ones that buy the programs and bet on the horses which help pay for the sport.
Mark D More than 1 year ago
Come collect your $1 Million dollars Bob....its not like the everyday horseman to Charles Town need it to pay any bills. The $1.5 million purse will not be missed in the daily purses.
Old timer More than 1 year ago
sad, but very true.
Hadrian Marcus More than 1 year ago
Charles Town has about 220 days of scheduled horse racing. A grand total of TWO are dedicated to major graded stakes to bring the track recognition and publicity (Charles Town Classic day and the Charles Town Oaks day). The other 218 the local horsemen do pretty well with casino inflated purses. Sorry if only 99% percent of the schedule is dedicated to your needs.