South African champion Smart Call (SAf) (Ideal World) is no longer under consideration for the 2016 Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita Park Nov. 4-5, her trainer Alec Laird announced on Facebook Monday. The winner of the G1 Paddock S. in her native land, a ‘Win and You’re In’ race for the GI Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf, Smart Call was scratched out of the G1 Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot S. Oct. 1 after coming up lame. The Mauritzfontein Stud homebred added the Jan. 30 G1 J&B Met to her resume–her third at that level–prior to entering quarantine.
“We regret to update that Smart Call will no longer be taking part in the Breeders’ Cup,” Laird said. “Unfortunately she has not had enough time to heal properly. The original injury has shown signs of flaring up again and its apparent she hasn’t had enough time for the muscle/ligaments to heal. The California dream is therefore on hold. She will recuperate through the winter with the plan to target some races next year. If all goes well next year, then we will once again consider the Breeders’ Cup.”