Don Alberto Stable’s Unique Bella and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade II, $ 200,000 Las Virgenes
Unique Bella, the early favorite for the G1 Kentucky Oaks, will be forced to miss that race due to a shin injury.
The Daily Racing Form reports that the 3-year-old daughter of Tapit has been taken out of training. She will also miss her next planned start in the G1 Santa Anita Oaks April 8.
Unique Bella worked six furlongs in 1:11.20 at Santa Anita on March 19. According to the Form, the injury was detected just recently.
“She has a shin that’s bothering her,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Tuesday. “We’ll give her a little time off.”
It is not known how much training time Unique Bella will miss.
This is the second straight year Hollendorfer has had the early favorite for the Kentucky Oaks miss the race. Champion Songbird won the Santa Anita Oaks, but missed the Kentucky Oaks due to illness.
Read more in the Daily Racing Form
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