A Toss Up Out of All American Derby

Jockey Jimmy Brooks will now ride BPs Jumpin Frisco.

By StallioneSearch.com
September 1, 2012

A Toss Up

A Toss Up

Trainer Eddie Willis confirmed today the All American Derby (G1) qualifier and multiple graded stakes winner A Toss Up will not run in the final on Sunday. According to Willis, “pigeon fever” is the likely culprit for the condition that has knocked out the son of Sweet First Down.

Taken from the website www.holistichorse.com, pigeon fever in horses is also referred to as dryland distemper or Colorado strangles. Pigeon fever earned its name from the characteristic swelling of a horse’s chest from abscesses in the pectoral muscles, which can sometimes resemble the shape of a pigeon. Swellings can also occur along a horse’s ventral midline (belly) area and in the groin region, affecting sheaths and udders. The initial clinical signs can be vague, sometimes showing only as lameness or a reluctance of the horse to move. 

"He was just not himself so we had our vets looked him over real good," said Willis. "It's not 100% that it is pigeon fever, but there is something in his chest that is ailing him. We are not going to take any chances with him here. As much as we'd love to win this race with him, he's just too good of a horse to risk it. He's paid up in the Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star, and hopefully we can get him healed up in time for that."

With the news of the pending scratch from the race of A Toss Up, jockey Jimmy D. Brooks will now stay on the fastest qualifier BPs Jumpin Frisco for Eddie Willis and owner Bill Price. BPs Jumpin Frisco is a gelded son of Jumpn out of the Dash For Cash mare Fling By Dash. Brooks was aboard for BPs Jumpin Frisco's All American trial race on August 17 when the Oklahoma-bred ran 440 yards in :21.277.