By Gene Kershner
ARCADIA, Ca. -- A quarter crack in his right front foot has sidelined Ron the Greek for Saturday's $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Trainer Ron Mott told reporters this morning that the son of Full Mandate would not participate in the penultimate event of this year's Breeders' Cup. "Unfortunatey, we're going to have to scratch him," Mott said. "He had an abscess that broke open in his foot. It's not a major problem, but it's all a matter of timing and he won't be able to run on Saturday."
Apparently the abscess was discovered Wednesday afternoon during feed time. Mott feels the 6-year-old could resume his regular schedule by mid-November. He comes out of a win in the prestigious Grade 1 Jockey Club Gold Cup on Super Saturday last month, a race that has produced the last three winners of the Classic. "I would estimate that in a couple of weeks' time he could be on the race track and probably be back in full training," said Mott.
Ron the Greek was fourth in last year's Classic and won the mile and a quarter Santa Anita Handicap in March 2012. He has over $2.7 million in career earnings. His absence likely will not impact the pace as he was a late running horse who did his best work in deep stretch.