HorseracingFLA Staff Report
Inkling, the likely favorite in today’s featured ninth race at Tampa Bay Downs, has been scratched with the reason listed as “veterinarian.“
The race is a $100,000 allowance/optional claimer at five furlongs on turf for fillies and mares 3-years-old and up. It has a $28,000 purse, and is now down to eight starters. Scheduled post time is 4:28 p.m.
The Australian-bred Inkling was scheduled to make her second U.S. start, both for trainer Wesley Ward.
With Inkling out, the likely favorites with trainers and jockeys listed, are: Rivzinthehouse (Larry Rivelli/E.T. Baird), Normandy Crossing (Joe Woodard/Pablo Morales) and Unseen (Dane Kobiskie/Manoel Cruz) are other top contenders.
We will have reports on Tampa Bay Downs this afternoon on our blog.
Inkling, a 4-year-old for U.S. racing purposes, won two of her six starts in Australia–racing mostly in stakes.
This past August, owner-breeder Peter Moran sold Inkling to U.S.-based Doug Painter in a transaction for which the price was not disclosed.
Inkling won her U.S. debut on Sept. 4 at Del Mar, at five furlongs on turf in a $62,500 optional claimer.