01/18/2017 2:46PM

Melatonin turned out at farm

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Barbara D. Livingston
Melatonin has been battling a foot abscess.

ARCADIA, Calif. – Melatonin, the winner of two Grade 1 races in 2016 who was fifth in the Breeders’ Cup Classic in November, has been taken out of training because of a foot issue, trainer David Hofmans said this week.

Hofmans said Melatonin is scheduled to leave his stable for a four-month break at a local farm.

“We’ll be ready for the fall,” Hofmans said. “It’s been one little problem after another.”

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Melatonin won the Santa Anita Handicap last March and the Gold Cup at Santa Anita last June and did not race again until the BC Classic. A 6-year-old gelding, Melatonin was out of training last summer because of illness.

More recently, Melatonin has been bothered by an abscess in a foot. Owned by Susan Osborne’s Tarabilla Farms, Melatonin has won 5 of 14 starts and earned $1,398,552.