Grade I winner and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) contender Pretty City Dancer won’t be making her next scheduled start in the Darley Alcibiades Stakes (gr. I) at Keeneland on October 7th due to a minor ankle injury, according to trainer Mark Casse.
“Irad Ortiz was supposed to ride her and I told his agent we’re not going to make (the Alcibiades), but don’t count us out of the Breeders’ Cup right yet,” said Casse.
Upon finishing in a first-place dead-heat with Sweet Loretta in the Spinaway Stakes on September 3rd, the Tapit filly was forced to miss training time following a September 23rd breeze.
“We x-rayed her (right front) ankle and it looked fine,” said Casse. “We gave her a few days off, and we’re just being cautious with her. We’re going to see how she trains before we breeze her again. We just didn’t have time enough to work her (before the Alcibiades), so we’re going to skip it.”
Thanks to her finish in the Spinaway, Pretty City Dancer earned automatic entry into the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, which will take place at Santa Anita Park on November 5th. It was also her third straight win, following victories in the Debutante Stakes and a maiden special weight race.
Casse is optimistic she’ll be able to keep in the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series. “If not, she’s too valuable and too good a filly to rush her along,” said Casse. “(The injury is) disappointing, but luckily its nothing of any great consequence.”