Thumb_hersh Marcus Hersh , Santa Anita , 11/01/2019 , Race 6 - DRF Live Posted : Nov 1, 2019, 12:29 PM

Vitalogy a vet scratch from BC Juvenile Turf

Vitalogy was a veterinarian scratch Friday morning from the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf after Breeders' Cup vets determined he was unfit to race. 

Vitalogy's trainer, Brendan Walsh, said he didn't concur with the judgement of the veterinary staff that Vitalogy was unsound. 

"They're not happy with the horse," Walsh said. "To me, he's the same as he's always been."

Vitalogy is the second horse to be scratched from a Breeders' Cup race this week after a veterinary evaluation. Thais on Thursday was taken out of Saturday's Filly and Mare Turf.

Walsh himself had to remove Maxfield from the BC Juvenile on Tuesday morning after the horse displayed signs of lameness. Maxfield, winner of the Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland and a key entrant in the Juvenile, appeared to be suffering from a bruised hoof. 

Maxfield would have been no worse than third choice in the Juvenile and Vitalogy, off a strong second in the Bourbon Stakes, would have been well supported in the Juvenile Turf. The 2-year-olds were Walsh's only entrants in Breeders' Cup races. Now, Walsh will take his colts back to Kentucky, regroup, and plan for the winter.

"We thought we came out here with two live chances. It can be a tough game," Walsh said. 

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