Classic Fame will not run in the $750,000 Budweiser International at Laurel on Sunday because of an ankle injury, race organizers said yesterday.
Laurel also announced that Julie Krone will bypass the International Turf Festival this weekend to spend time with her ailing mother. Krone, a nationally renowned jockey, is nearing 2,000 victories.
Classic Fame, one of the top United States hopefuls for Laurel's richest race, wrenched an ankle Sunday while working out at Santa Anita, according to trainer Gary Jones. Although the injury is not considered serious, it might sideline Classic Fame the remainder of the year.
A 4-year-old son of Nijinsky II, Classic Fame has won two of six turf starts this year. He took the American Handicap at Hollywood Park by nearly a length over 1989 turf champion Steinlen, lost the Eddie Read Handicap by a head to Fly Till Dawn and was fourth in the Arlington Million.
His withdrawal from the 1 1/4-mile International was accompanied by several others that reduced the prospective field to 12, seven of whom would represent the United States.
They are Fly Till Dawn, Maryland millionaire Ten Keys, Phantom Breeze, My Big Boy, Double Booked, Two Timing and a mare, Laugh And Be Merry.
The Europeans are Batshoof, the possible favorite; Lady Winner, a filly who won last year at Laurel; Creator, Ode and Pirate Army.