ELMONT, N.Y. — Horse of the Year contender Tizway will miss the Grade I, $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup on Oct. 1 at Belmont Park because he developed a fever Thursday that caused him to skip a scheduled workout Friday. Tizway would probably have been the favorite in the race.
"He spiked a fever on Thursday and was lethargic," trainer James Bond said in a news release. "We treated him, but to work him at 70 percent, run in a tough race like the Gold Cup, and then run in the Breeders' Cup Classic would be unfair to the horse."
Bond, who trains the 6-year-old son of Tiznow for owner William Clifton, said that he is still on schedule for the Breeders' Cup Classic.
Tizway won two straight Grade I races: a 2¾-length win in the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont on May 30, and a 3-length triumph in the Whitney Invitational Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 6.
FLORENCE — Mike Maker's Baryshnikov is the slight favorite at 3-1 in the very competitive Grade II WinStar Kentucky Cup, the feature race of the WinStar Kentucky Cup Day of Champions at Turfway Park on Saturday.
Workin for Hops is the 7-2 second choice in the 11⁄16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up, with Shediak at 4-1 and Strike Impact at 9-2.
The $200,000 Kentucky Cup is one of five stakes races on Saturday's card, which also includes the:
■ Grade III, $100,000 Distorted Humor Kentucky Cup Distaff for fillies and mares 3 and up going 11⁄16 miles.
■ Grade III $100,000 Speightstown Kentucky Cup Sprint for 3-year-olds going 6 furlongs.
■ $100,000 Bluegrass Cat Kentucky Cup Juvenile for 2-year-olds going 11⁄16 miles.
■ $100,000 Tiznow Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies for 2-year-old fillies going 1 mile.
The Speightstown includes the 3-year-old Cal Nation, who is named in honor of University of Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari and is going for his first stakes victory. Todd Pletcher trains the horse for WinStar Farm.
First post Saturday is 1:10 p.m. The five stakes will run as races six through 10.