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Section sponsored by - Thoroughbred Daily News Posted 2009-04-19 10:59:23  

Champion Stardom Bound (Tapit) will be given 60 days off and bypass the GI Kentucky Oaks, it was announced yesterday.

"She just dulled out; she hasn't trained forwardly at all since [finishing third in the GI] Ashland [Apr. 4]," IEAH Co-President Michael Iavarone told Daily Racing Form. "It seems like we're at the point where she just needs a freshening. She was going to breeze [Sunday], but [exercise rider] Michelle [Nevin] told me she'd be afraid to breeze the filly. That's all I needed to hear. She would have to be 100 percent to go against Rachel Alexandra, and now that there's this question it doesn't make sense. It's disappointing because we really wanted to run in that race. She deserves to run against the best when she's at her best."

Acquired by IEAH and partners for $5.7 million at FTKNOV, the GI Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies heroine annexed the GI Las Virgenes S. Feb. 7 and GI Santa Anita Oaks Mar. 7 for her new connections, prior to placing third in the Ashland.

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