10/20/2011 2:43PM

Santa Anita: Smiling Tiger could miss Breeders' Cup Sprint

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Shigeki Kikkawa
Smiling Tiger has not had a workout since late September and may miss a planned start in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Smiling Tiger, third in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Sprint and winner of seven sprint stakes, may not start in the BC Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5, trainer Jeff Bonde said Thursday.

Smiling Tiger has not had a workout since late September and has not raced since finishing fourth in the Grade 1 Pat O’Brien Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 28.

“We’ve had a few issues and we’re trying to determine whether we can make it,” Bonde said. “I don’t have any answers yet. He acts jarred up.”

Bonde said that Smiling Tiger is currently based with his stable at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton, Calif. A decision on Smiling Tiger’s participation in the BC Sprint must be made by Monday’s pre-entry deadline. Bonde did not say Thursday which direction he was leaning.

“I don’t like to say anything until I speak to my owners,” he said.

A winner of 8 of 18 starts and $1,214,353, Smiling Tiger is owned by Alan Klein and Philip Lebherz.