Dancing in Silks, winner of the 2009 Breeders' Cup Sprint, will not ship to Churchill Downs for another shot at the $2 million race, trainer Carla Gaines said Friday. Owner Ken Kinakin and Gaines made the decision after Dancing in Silks worked six furlongs Thursday at Hollywood Park in 1:13.20.
"He's not showing any interest," Gaines said. "I'm not taking him [to Churchill]."
After an outstanding 2009 campaign during which he won 4 of 5, including the BC Sprint, Dancing in Silks has been unable to regain top form in 2010.
His best effort was a third-place finish Jan. 23 in the Grade 2 Palos Verdes Handicap. He finished off the board in three subsequent starts, including a sixth-place finish Oct. 9 in the Grade 1 Ancient Title.
Temple City, meanwhile, remains a likely entrant for Gaines in the Grade 3 Breeders' Cup Marathon, despite a last-place finish Oct. 2 in the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup.
Gaines also said the California Cup Classic status of 2-for-2 Cee's Pryme is doubtful after he bruised a foot working five furlongs Oct. 16 in a blazing 58.80 seconds, fastest of the day.