Corporate Report, the winner of the Travers Stakes at Saratoga and the expected second or third betting choice Sunday in the $1-million Super Derby at Louisiana Downs, has been declared out of the race because of a bruised left front foot.
Trainer Wayne Lukas' colt suffered the injury Monday in a workout at Belmont Park. The seriousness has not been determined, and it is unclear whether Corporate Report can recover in time to run in the $3-million Breeders' Cup Classic at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2.
Before his victory by a neck over Hansel in the $1-million Travers, Corporate Report had built a reputation of being not quite good enough to win an important race. He had never won a stakes race but was second five times, including in the Arkansas Derby, the Preakness, the Swaps and the Haskell Handicap.
The Travers victory, worth $600,000, was Corporate Report's third in 10 starts and pushed his earnings over the $1-million mark.
Best Pal, winner of the $1-million Pacific Classic at Del Mar, will be favored in the 1 1/4-mile Super Derby. His biggest challengers are Olympio, Lost Mountain and Lite Light, the probable second betting choice who will be trying to become the first filly to win the race, first run in 1980.
Olympio, despite losing a shoe with a quarter-mile to run, lost by a head to Jackie Wackie in the Secretariat Stakes on the grass at Arlington International on Sept. 2. Lost Mountain won the Haskell and the Dwyer before finishing fifth in the Travers.
Other probable starters Sunday are Zeeruler, Far Out Wadleigh and Free Spirit's Joy.