No Breeders' Cup for defending champ World Approval but 2019 return planned
World Approval will be given the rest of 2018 off, with designs on bringing the Northern Afleet gelding back for his seven-year-old season.
World Approval has not worked since finishing sixth in the Grade 2 Wise Dan Stakes at Churchill Downs last month. Trainer Mark Casse had hoped to get the grey back on form during the Saratoga meeting, but said on Saturday the defending Breeders' Cup Mile winner was not showing signs of being ready to return to his top form in the second half of the year.
"He's done for the year. He's actually already in Ocala," Casse said. "He's only had little, tiny breaks, and I just didn't feel like we were going to make the Breeders' Cup. So [owner] Ms [Charlotte] Weber and I talked about it, and she loves giving them time. She's all about giving them rest and everything. So the plan is to give him about two-to-three months and bring him back late fall so we can start getting him ready for the spring.
"I think if there were more owners like that, it'd be great for racing. We need our stars."
World Approval was a general 12-1 chance for the Breeders' Cup Mile at Churchill Downs on November 3.
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