Masochistic winning the G2 Pat O’Brien Aug. 27.
Masochistic, one of the top California-based sprinters, has been given some time off and has been turned out for at least 60 days, according to a report in the Daily Racing Form.
The 7-year-old gelding most recently finished off the board as the favorite in the G2 Churchill Downs Stakes May 6. Masochistic currently is at Taylor Made Farm.
The DRF reports that Masochistic would likely not return to training until sometime this summer and would “need a few months to regain fitness.” Since he would miss several of the top sprint races during that time, he likely will not race again this year.
Masochistic was disqualified from his second-place finish in the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint last November after having tested positive for a banned steroid. As a result, he is ineligible for the BC Sprint at Del Mar this year.
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