Peter Brant’s Thais has been scratched by means of veterinarians from the Nov. 2 Maker’s Mark Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Turf (G1T) at Santa Anita Park, a transfer described by means of a number one California state veterinarian Oct. 31 as erring “at the facet of the pony.”
Instructor Chad Brown mentioned the 5-year-old mare is “completely sound” and will have to were allowed to compete within the $2 million race.
Dr. Rick Arthur, the California Horse Racing Board’s equine scientific director, mentioned the verdict to scratch Thais—first reported by means of Day by day Racing Shape—got here after he and CHRB veterinarian Dr. Tim Grande inspected the mare with Brown provide Oct. 30.
“She was once tested by means of Dr. Tim Grande and myself, and we made up our minds the filly was once unsound and put her at the CHRB reputable veterinarian’s listing as unsound, which makes her ineligible to start out,” Arthur mentioned.
Although he would now not communicate in explicit phrases about Thais’ situation, Arthur mentioned earlier tests by means of observe veterinarians raised considerations concerning the New York-based mare and led him to take the atypical step of inspecting her himself.
“She have been a horse that was once tested up to now and was once one the governor’s panel had considerations about, in accordance with the former examinations. She have been tested a couple of instances. I do not typically read about horses,” Arthur mentioned. “The key is we read about the entire horses within the Breeders’ Cup a couple of instances and think about the entire knowledge we now have at our disposal. We err at the facet of the pony.”
Brown, a three-time Eclipse Award-winning instructor, insisted Thais was once sound and that Arthur refused requests to take additional diagnostic assessments to end up it.
“It wasn’t treated smartly. There was once no dialog in any respect. I presented Dr. Arthur the chance to ultrasound her or use another diagnostic instrument, together with X-rays, and he declined and all of a sudden scratched my horse,” Brown mentioned. “I might by no means run a horse that wasn’t sound. I by no means have and not will. My file speaks for itself. The pony is completely sound and has been. She trains sound and has no drugs in her.
“Sadly, it is not my determination if my horse can run, so I will drop the problem, flip the web page, and concentrate on the race.”
Although Thais was once indexed at 30-1 at the morning line, her absence may alternate the complexion of the 1 1/4-mile race. Her number one function was once to function a pace-setter for her stablemate, Brant’s champion grass mare Sistercharlie, a job she successfully performed in all 3 of Sistercharlie’s 2019 begins: the Flower Bowl Stakes (G1T), Beverly D. Stakes (G1T), and Diana Stakes (G1T). Thais additionally began in final yr’s Filly & Mare Turf—gained by means of Sistercharlie—however were given away to a gradual get started and had no affect at the race.
“I’ve a number of different horses in my barn I can have introduced who can do the task Thais would have achieved, so why would we carry her if she’s now not 100% sound? That does not make sense,” Brown mentioned. “It affects the tempo evidently and adjustments it completely, however Sistercharlie gained the race final yr with out lend a hand from her. Thais is a pacemaker, however she may additionally cling on for a work of handbag cash, and that is the reason why we would have liked her in there.”
Brown mentioned he’ll have to talk about long run plans for Thais with Brant. She won’t race once more. In 18 begins, the daughter of Rio de L. a. Plata has 3 wins and profits of $342,589. In her most up-to-date get started, she lasted for 3rd within the Flower Bowl after main by means of 12 lengths early.
Arthur mentioned horses positioned at the vet’s listing can’t paintings for no less than 72 hours, and after that they’re required to paintings 5 furlongs in 1:03 or higher in entrance of an reputable vet and move a blood take a look at.