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Monday, September 6
Southern Image won't go in Classic




DEL MAR, Calif. -- Southern Image, the winner of the three major races earlier this year, will not start in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30 because of foot problems, trainer Mike Machowsky said.

Southern Image has not started since finishing second to Colonial Colony in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs June 12. Two weeks later, while preparing for a start in the Hollywood Gold Cup in July, he was taken out of training because of a bruised foot. A quarter crack later surfaced and has failed to sufficiently mend, Machowsky said.

"The foot is better, but it won't be 110 percent for the Breeders' Cup," Machowsky said. "Time was an issue. It's a big disappointment for us, but we have to do what's right for the horse."

Southern Image has won 6 of 8 starts and $1,843,750. This year, he won the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic, $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, and the $500,000 Pimlico Special.

Machowsky said Southern Image will be pointed for the 2005 Santa Anita Handicap, with an emphasis on late-season races.

"We need to make sure we have a good last six or eight months next year," Machowsky said, "and finish with a bang."



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