07/27/2017 2:50PM

Weekend Hideaway forced to scratch from John Morrissey

Barbara D. Livingston
Weekend Hideaway injured his left front foot before Thursday's John Morrissey Stakes

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – Weekend Hideaway, the 7-2 morning-line favorite, was scratched from Thursday’s $100,000 John Morrissey Stakes due to an injury to his left front foot, trainer Phil Serpe said.

Serpe said Weekend Hideaway had stepped on his own foot earlier this week. Serpe and his staff worked on the foot and thought they had it in good enough shape to run. But on Thursday morning, there was some heat in the foot, and Serpe had to treat the horse with antibiotics.

“It sucks,” Serpe said. “He’s a horse that usually touts himself when he’s doing good, and he’s been touting himself. He looks great, he worked great, it was a sloppy track. The Saratoga gods can torture you sometimes, and today’s my day to be tortured.”