ARCADIA, Calf. -- Rather than start as a "live" longshot in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, the promising colt Dave in Dixie will skip the Cup and freshen for a winter campaign.
"He's out," trainer John Sadler said Sunday. "I'm going to wait for winter and let him mature a little bit. I think he's really nice."
Dave in Dixie scored one of the most impressive debut victories by a 2-year-old colt this summer at Del Mar, by more than three lengths, before he was thrown to the wolves Oct. 4 in the Grade 1 Norfolk. He finished a better-than-looked sixth, an effort that gave Sadler and owners Dawn and Ike Thrash reason to push to the Breeders' Cup.
However, in recent days it became clear the Dixie Union colt was not 100 percent. "He just wasn't quite where I wanted him to be," Sadler said, adding, "it would have been asking a lot for his third start."
Dave in Dixie will be freshened and could return late in the fall meet at Hollywood Park before the Santa Anita winter meet that begins Dec. 26.
Noble's Promise, one of the leading Juvenile contenders after winning his third straight race on Oct. 4 at Keeneland in the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity, had his first workout since the race Sunday morning at Santa Anita.
Trainer Ken McPeek said Noble's Promise missed a scheduled half-mile workout last week due to an infection in his right hind leg. "He was galloping every day but did not work," McPeek said. On Sunday at Santa Anita, Noble's Promise worked five furlongs in 59.04 seconds, according to Daily Racing Form clocker Mike Welsch.
Pulsion, runner-up behind Juvenile favorite Lookin at Lucky in the Norfolk Stakes, did not dazzle anyone with a slow five-furlong workout Sunday in 1:02.42 according to Daily Racing Form.
Working in company, Pulsion set the pace while workmate Sea of Marmara was kept under a hold. Though it was a visually unimpressive workout by Pulsion, trainer Patrick Biancone was not concerned.
"He s lazy," Biancone said. "I was just looking for a maintenance drill." Pulsion will enter the Juvenile on a conspicuous pattern of improvement, and despite the slow clocking for Pulsion, Biancone remains bullish on his chances. Mike Smith rides Pulsion, who has won one of four.