09/01/2012 11:38AM

Saratoga: Shackleford ill, scratched from Forego


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Shackleford, the 2-1 morning-line favorite, was scratched from Saturday’s Grade 1, $500,000 Forego Stakes at Saratoga due to an illness, trainer Dale Romans said Saturday morning.

Romans said Shackleford had coughed last week and he treated him with medication, which helped stop the coughing. But when he took the horse off the medication, Shackleford coughed again and Friday night left some feed.

“He obviously has a little bug of some kind so I’m not going to run,” Romans said. “I couldn’t get as aggressive as I wanted getting ready for the race. He wasn’t 100 percent. He left a little grain, he coughed twice, that’s enough for me.”

Romans said that he would put Shackleford on antibiotics to clear up whatever ailment the horse has and he would attempt to get him ready for the Grade 2, $400,000 Kelso, a one-turn mile race at Belmont Park on Sept. 29.

Shackleford won the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap, a one-turn mile race at Belmont on May 28. In his only other start since then, Shackleford finished last in the Grade 1 Vanderbilt, run over a sloppy track.

Shackleford, owned by Michael Lauffer and William Cubbedge and the Phillips Racing Partnership, won the 2011 Preakness Stakes and has banked more than $2.7 million.

The scratch of Shackleford leaves an eight-horse field for the Forego with Jackson Bend, Pacific Ocean and Emcee likely vying for favoritism.


Stephen More than 1 year ago
Romans is a bum, the horse isn't a sprinter so he scratched him! Trainers always "claim" a horse is sick when they know the horse wont win. Ruined a good betting race. The track should require an indepedant exam!
Edward More than 1 year ago
Maybe horses get sick bc they live in nasty stalls on the backside of racetracks. If I had horse flesh as nice as Shackelford, he would be living off site at a high quality training track with room to walk around at will in a paddock and not crammed in around 100 other horses of varying types of ownership care.
Jack More than 1 year ago
As an owner, I agree. Not only is there a lot of sickness that spreads easily, many tracks are located in environmentally disadvantaged areas. Saratoga is not one of those, however.
Bwell More than 1 year ago
He probably kicking himself for running in the Vanderbilt. Once he got the rail he should've scratched. run in the Kelso and B.C. dirt mile.
sat.customer More than 1 year ago
Damn,I was betting against him. Now my horses (Pac.O,Caix.E) will be much lower odds
akhiym james More than 1 year ago
Dale probably realized liked everyone else that Shack doesn't like Saratoga and wasn't going to win. But if the horse is sick glad he's not taking a chance wit him