Trainer Kiyoshi Hagiwara on Epicharis:
"This was a minor issue, but the team has done a great job to care for the horse over the past few days and while we are greatly disappointed for the fans of Epicharis, we have to face the fact that he is not able to compete today.
"The horse was close to being able to compete, but we can out of time. We'd like to thank the team of veterinarians and staff for their hard work. We look forward to getting Epicharis home and back to the racetrack very soon."
All quotes via Japan Racing Association translator Soshi Inoue, distributed by NYRA
Epicharis is scheduled to return to Japan on Thursday.