Ron the Greek has been scratched from the Breeder’s Cup Classic at Santa Anita tomorrow.this weekend due to a quarter crack in his right front hoof. Although the injury is not expected to be a “long term” problem according to trainer Bill Mott, he has developed an abscess in the bulb of his heel.
"That horse had been doing fine; he never had foot issues before in his life," he said. "He had a strong gallop on Wednesday and he must have just bumped the heel of his foot wrong. We soaked him and it opened up and relieved some of the pressure later, but he was still sore on it and I just made the determination we couldn't have him good enough to run Saturday."
However, Mott does expect him to be able to resume training in about two weeks if all goes well. In the meantime he will be returned to his winter base in Florida where owners Jack Hammer and Gary Barber will take time in deciding whether or not to bring him back to the track next year.
"He's just such a fun horse to be around, because he always gives you a good effort," Mott said. "When you take him over there, ordinarily he's going to pick up a big check for you. Those kinds of horses, you've got to love them because they show up every time for you."
Ron the Greek is a 6-year-old (Florida-bred) son of Full Mandate out of Flambe, making him the grandson of A.P. Indy and great grandson of Seattle Slew on his sire’s side, and the great grandson of Deputy Minister on his dam’s side. To date he has earned more than $2.7 million , and won three Grade 1 stakes the Jockey Club Gold Cup by 6-3/4 lengths September 28, as well as the Stephen Foster Handicap, and the Santa Anita Handicap.
*Note: This will be the fourth time in six years that the Breeders’ Cup will be held at Santa Anita. Originally inaugurated as a 7-race championship event back run at a different track each year. It has since been expanded to 14 races spread over two days.
Fans can view the first races today on NBCSN at 4pm and tomorrow on NBCSN at 3>05pm, as well as Channel 4, 8pm.