Intead of getting her stable star ready for next month's Breeders' Cup, Catherine Day Phillips has a prominent empty stall staring at her in her Woodbine barn.
The accomplished trainer confirmed yesterday that her multiple Grade 1 winning turf star, Jambalaya, has been shut down for the year.
The gelding, who rocketed to the top of the sport with his electrfying win in the Arlington Million last month, has been put on the shelf because of a nagging leg injury.
Day Phillips told the Daily Racing Form that Jambalaya suffered a bruised cannon bone in that Grade 1 race and the five-year-old needs some time off to recover.
"They felt that we caught it very early and he's going to be okay," Day Phillips said of MRI tests on the injury. "He'll be on stall rest and be re- evaluated in three months."
Day Phillips was planning to start Jambalaya in the Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park on Sept. 30. It was to be the horse's final start prior to the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Classic at Monmouth Park, N.J., a race in which he would have been considered a favourite.
With the season-ending injury, Jambalaya also loses any hope of being voted Canada's horse of the year. With just two starts at Woodbine, the horse falls short on the three Canadian start rule to be eligible for the season-ending award.