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Twice The Vice Out of Breeders’ Cup

November 3, 1997

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Twice The Vice, considered one of the favorites in next Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Distaff, has been retired after a stress fracture in her left cannon bone was discovered.

The discovery was made Saturday at Santa Anita, where the Oak Tree meeting finishes Monday. The Breeders’ Cup races will be held at Hollywood Park in nearby Inglewood.

``We tried to get her to this race for two years and she just can’t twice make it,″ trainer Ron Ellis said. ``The injury must have happened in her last race (the Lady’s Secret Breeders’ Cup Handicap).

``I had her on the track (Saturday) and her exercise rider said she wasn’t hitting the ground perfect. There was this bump on her ankle that she didn’t have before, so I got a little nervous. We took some precautionary X-rays and our worries were confirmed.″

Twice The Vice, who has won 12 of 23 lifetime starts and earned $1,447,064, was beaten by two lengths by Sharp Cat in the Lady’s Secret Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Santa Anita on Oct. 19.

Twice The Vice, a 6-year-old mare, will remain in California until January. She will then be shipped to Kentucky to be bred to Gone West in early 1998.

Chris McCarron was to ride Twice The Vice in the Distaff. He will now ride Radu Cool.

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