Three horses observed for medical issues at Breeders’ Cup

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Three horses, including one trained by beleaguered Hall of Famer Bob Baffert, have been observed for medical issues after being stopped in separate races at Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup championships in Keeneland.

Baffert-bred Messier, competing for the first time since finishing 19th in the Kentucky Derby, was stopped after race two after jockey John Velazquez observed bleeding. The 3 year old colt was taken to the barn for evaluation and was stable and comfortable.

Baffert is back in Kentucky this week for the first time since Kentucky stewards suspended him for 90 days last spring for a failed post-race drug test by Medina Spirit. The colt was disqualified and clinched as the winner of the 2021 Kentucky Derby, and Mandaloun was elevated to champion status.

Epicenter was stopped at the Breeders’ Cup Classic by jockey Joel Rosario on the straight with a fractured right forelimb. The 5-1 second pick in the race, coached by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, got into the equine ambulance and was taken to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, where he will undergo surgery in the morning.

British gelding Domestic Spending was pulled up by jockey Flavien Prat just after the farthest turn during the $2million Breeders’ Cup Mile. Coach Chad Brown tweeted later that the horse suffered a serious pelvic fracture and was stable at Rood & Riddle.

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