Diversify to Skip Breeders’ Cup

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Diversify | Sarah K Andrew

Millionaire Diversify (Bellamy Road), one of a spate of top New York-breds this year, has been removed from consideration for the $6-million GI Breeders’ Cup Classic Nov. 3, according to co-owner Ralph Evans. The 5-year-old gelding is trained by Rick Violette Jr.

Winner of the GI Whitney S. Aug. 4, Diversify set a brutal pace as the 3-5 favorite in the subsequent GI Jockey Club Gold Cup Sept. 29 and faded to fifth. He had gone into the contest on a three-race win streak which included the Whitney and the July 7 GII Suburban S. Evans said Diversify has since lost weight and will get a break, possibly at Hogan Equine in Cream Ridge, NJ.

“He’s not training up to speed, so to speak,” said Evans, “so we’re going to pass on the Breeders’ Cup.”

The Whitney victory earned Diversify a “Win and You’re In” berth into the Classic. He will now be pointed to the GI Pegasus World Cup Invitational, scheduled for Jan. 26 at Gulfstream Park.

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