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Hunt Crossing Out of Juvie Sprint; Pletcher Workout Plans

10/27/2011

Hunt Crossing suffered an injury to his right knee during his most recent work at Churchill Downs and will miss the Juvenile Sprint. Pletcher will work his other Breeders' Cup prospects on Saturday and Sunday.

The dominant winner of the NATC Futurity at Monmouth Park was also being considered for the Grade III Iroquois on Sunday.

“He worked on Monday, and then we noticed he was off Tuesday morning and that’s when we found it,” trainer Todd Pletcher said on Thursday. “He underwent surgery yesterday.”

Hunt Crossing, a 2-year-old son of Corinthian, has a career record that stands at 2-0-0 from three lifetime starts, with his lone loss coming in the Grade I Hopeful at Saratoga, and earnings of $110,417.

The plans for the horses in the Pletcher barn who are still pointing to the Breeders’ Cup were confirmed Thursday morning.

“All of our Friday horses will work this Saturday, and all of our Saturday horses will work Sunday,” Pletcher said.

Mounts have been confirmed for eight of Pletcher’s 10 remaining Breeders’ Cup hopefuls. Aikenite (Sprint or Dirt Mile--Saturday), Stay Thirsty (Classic--Saturday) and Sweet Cat (Juvenile Fillies Turf--Friday) will be ridden by Javier Castellano.

Finale (Juvenile Turf--Saturday), Stopshoppingmaria (Juvenile Fillies Turf or Grey Goose Juvenile Fillies--Friday), Super Espresso (Ladies’ Classic--Friday), Sidney’s Candy (TVG Mile--Saturday) and Uncle MO (Classic--Saturday) will be ridden by John Velazquez.

--Edited Churchill Downs release

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