09/19/2012 10:17AM

Rolling Fog to miss Breeders' Cup Juvenile with shin problem

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Rolling Fog, here winning the Del Mar Futurity, is expected to return for the winter meet at Santa Anita.

POMONA, Calif. – Del Mar Futurity winner Rolling Fog will miss the autumn season, including the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, with bucked shins and is not expected to return until the winter meet at Santa Anita that begins on Dec. 26.

Rolling Fog, owned by Arnold Zetcher, gave trainer Bob Baffert his record 11th Futurity victory on Sept. 5. The 2-year-old colt was expected to stretch to two turns Sept. 29 in the Grade 1, 1 1/16-mile FrontRunner for 2-year-olds (formerly the Norfolk Stakes) until the setback.

“I’m going to stop on him,” Baffert said Wednesday from Santa Anita.

“He has shins. He needs 60 days off.”

Rolling Fog, 2 for 2, was ridden at Del Mar by Rafael Bejarano, whose Futurity victory gave him a record 13 stakes wins at the meet.

Although Grade 1 winner Rolling Fog is out, Baffert will have at least one starter in the FrontRunner. Carving, who followed his $80,000 maiden-claiming debut victory with a decisive victory Sept. 12 in the $50,000 C.B. Afflerbaugh at Fairplex Park, will stretch out for the FrontRunner.

Carving is owned by skier Bode Miller and Baffert’s wife, Jill. A son of Any Given Saturday, Carving earned an 83 Beyer winning the Afflerbaugh.