Ongoing foot problems make the possibility of Shadow Play racing in the Breeders Crown on Saturday at the Meadowlands a serious question.
"The abcess in the foot broke and when it did it took part of the foot with it. The horse is still down at Mark Ford's farm in New York and I'm going down to see for myself but I'm doubtful at this point.
"We want to start but won't unless he can handle it," said trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore.
The four-year-old son of The Panderosa was sensational on Hambletonian day in winning the US Pacing Championship in 1:47.4. With $1.4 million in earnings the horse is destined for Blue Chip Farm in New York who bought an interest last fall.
Serge Savard, RG McGroup and Dr. Moore share ownership in Shadow Play who was a $16,000 yearling purchase from Pennsylvania breeder Sam Stoltzfus.
If Shadow Play is scratched it would mean just a five horse field for the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace.