08/14/2008 11:00PM

Red Rocks to be scratched


Red Rocks, the morning-line favorite, will be scratched from Saturday’s Grade 1 Sword Dancer at Saratoga after developing filling in a hind ankle, trainer Mark Hennig said Friday.

“I dont want to aggravate it on soft going,” Hennig said.

Red Rocks, the 2006 Breeders’ Cup Turf winner, was coming off a victory over reigning Horse of the Year Curlin in the Grade 1 Man o’ War at Belmont July 12. His defection leaves seven in the Sword Dancer, with the morning-line favorite now Better Talk Now, who won the race in 2004.