Breeders' Cup Presents The News Minute: Vekoma's Out, But The Devil's All In On Pirate's Punch - Horse Racing News | Paulick Report

Breeders’ Cup Presents The News Minute: Vekoma’s Out, But The Devil’s All In On Pirate’s Punch

Vekoma winning the Met Mile

Saturday's $2-million, Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Sprint lost Vekoma, the morning-line favorite, after trainer George Weaver reported the son of Candy Ride spiked a fever on Tuesday night and was treated with antibiotics. Vekoma won the G2 Blue Grass Stakes as a 3-year-old in 2019 and is unbeaten in three starts in 2020, with wins in the G1 Carter and G1 Met Mile Handicaps, but he'll be forced to miss the big show on Saturday at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky.

Grant Forster appears to be having fun with the 666 saddle towel number assigned to his first Breeders' Cup starter, $1-million, G1 Dirt Mile contender Pirate's Punch, suggesting the son of Shanghai Bobby is “the devil's choice” in the race.

And can Chad Brown add to his record of 15 Breeders' Cup world championship race wins (second only to D. Wayne Lukas) in the Juvenile Turf on the Future Stars Friday program? Ray Paulick seems to think so.

Watch the Breeders' Cup News Minute to find out why.

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