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Shared Belief misses work with foot abscess

  • Shared Belief (Benoit Photos)

Undefeated Kentucky Derby Future Book favorite Shared Belief missed a scheduled workout at Santa Anita Sunday morning but is still on course for his three-year-old debut in that track's Grade 2, $200,000 Robert B. Lewis on February 8, according to assistant trainer Dan Ward.

"An abscess busted out on his right front foot," Ward explained

Shared Belief has captured all three of career starts thus far. The gelded son of Candy Ride broke his maiden by seven lengths on October 19 at Golden Gate Fields while under the tutelage of J. B. Josephson before being transferred to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's shedrow.

Since then the dark bay has recorded a 7 3/4-length romp in the November 10 Hollywood Prevue while sprinting seven furlongs over Hollywood Park's Cushion Track and a 5 3/4-length score on that same surface in the 1 1/16-mile CashCall Futurity last out on December 14.

"As soon as the area is dry, when he's 100 percent, we'll work him," Ward added. "The Lewis is four weeks away. We should be fine."

With his perfect mark and CashCall Futurity victory, Shared Belief stamped himself as not only an early Kentucky Derby favorite but also an Eclipse finalist as champion two-year-old against Champagne winner Havana and recently retired Breeders' Cup Juvenile star New Year's Day.