Top racehorse Beholder has been scratched from the Breeders' Cup this weekend because of illness:
The 5-year-old daughter of Henny Hughes had developed a fever after her arrival in Kentucky from California.
"And with that we've obviously got some irritated lungs that are vulnerable right now, and we will not take the chance to run her under those circumstances," Mandella said during a mid-morning press conference that included other trainers.
"There's obviously some irritated lung tissue there," he said. "She will be fine, but if I put her under the pressure of a race situation, it could cause some real damage. This was obviously due to the fever she had when she arrived. You could say we just haven't had any luck shipping, but it's been something different every time. She's an aggressive mare and just got herself worked up shipping and made herself sick."