Toast Of New York: favourite for the Dubai World CupPICTURE: EquiSport Photos
9-1 chance Lea set to
miss Dubai World Cup
USA: Lea, who ranges from 9-1 to 16-1 with British bookmakers for the Dubai World Cup at Meydan next month, is likely to sidestep the world's richest race.
The Bill Mott-trained six-year-old missed most of last year but returned with a smooth success at Gulfstream Park last month.
He was back in action at the track on Saturday when he went down by three-quarters of a length to Constitution in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap.
That reverse means it is unlikely he will head to Meydan for its annual highlight on March 28.
Walker Hancock, president of Claiborne Farm, which co-owns the son of First Samurai with Adele Dilschneider, told the Daily Racing Form: "We're not saying it's 100 per cent no. If he'd won, maybe it would've been tougher to say no, although he did run a great race.
"Right now, I'd say we'll just keep him [at Payson Park] and see what our options are a little farther down the road. There's nothing for him in the next month, so we're not in any rush in that regard."
Toast Of New York, trained in Lambourn by Jamie Osborne, heads the betting for the World Cup at a general 6-1.