United, a disappointing fourth and last beaten almost five lengths as the 3-10 favorite in Saturday’s Grade 2 Charles Whittingham Stakes at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif., came out of the race well except for “a little bit of a sore throat,” Richard Mandella said Sunday morning.
“That’s all we could really find,” the trainer said. “Other than that, he looks good. The horse was never in the race like he usually is.”
Comments in the Equibase chart noted United “never responded.”
“I’m hoping he’s not getting sick,” Mandella said, “but he looks fine this morning, although he does have some irritation in his throat.”
Mandella was understandably proud of the 8-year-old War Front gelding Bombard winning the Grade 3 Daytona Stakes Saturday by 1 ¼ lengths as the 7-10 favorite, but had no immediate plans for his next race.
“We’re shopping, trying to figure the next one out,” he said.
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