09/25/2006 12:00AM

Two from QE II sidelined


Librettist and Proclamation came out of their unplaced efforts in Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Stakes lame, and all plans for the two Breeders' Cup Mile hopefuls are on hold until further notice.

The sixth-place Librettist and the fifth-place Proclamation disappointed their Godolphin connections as George Washington's impressive victory in Ascot's Group 1 mile led British bookmakers William Hill to install him as its 8-5 Breeders' Cup Mile favorite. George Washington is trained by Aidan O'Brien.

After the race, jockey Frankie Dettori accused Jamie Heffernan, who was riding the O'Brien-trained Ivan Denisovich, of forcing him wide on Librettist. The stewards gave Heffernan a 14-day suspension on the testimony of Dettori, Godolphin's first-string rider, prompting the usually reticent O'Brien to call Dettori "a spoiled child."

On the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe front, William Hill now lists Japanese raider Deep Impact as its 5-2 co-favorite with Hurricane Run. Shirocco is close behind as the 11-4 third choice.

The small Arc field grew smaller on Monday when trainer Marcus Tregoning announced that Sir Percy would miss the race this Sunday because of a minor injury to his right front shoulder. The Epsom Derby winner, Sir Percy will be aimed at the 1 1/4-mile Champion Stakes at Newmarket on Oct. 14.