Buster's Daydream, the outstanding 2-year-old stabled at Laurel Park, has gone on extended vacation and won't race again until next year, said his trainer, Tim Tullock Jr.
Since finishing fourth Aug. 18 as the 1-5 favorite in the Ellis Park Juvenile Stakes in Kentucky, the son of Housebuster has trained listlessly, the trainer said. The colt has not eaten well, and his coat has turned dull.
"He's just a tired colt," Tullock said. "He's asking for a break."
Tullock said that Buster's Daydream, a multiple graded-stakes winner, would spend a couple of months on a Pennsylvania farm before returning to training for his 3-year-old season.
The next start for Buster's Daydream was to have been Sunday in the Futurity Stakes at Belmont Park. Maryland will still be represented in the Grade I stakes for 2-year-olds by Pure Precision and possibly Coach Knight.
Based at Bowie, John J. Tammaro III trains Pure Precision, a Montbrook colt who swept Monmouth Park's two stakes for juveniles. The Laurel-based Tony Dutrow trains Coach Knight, an impressive winner at Saratoga.
Tomorrow, Dutrow will send his 3-year-old sensation, Burning Roma, into action in the Grade II, one-mile Jerome Handicap at Belmont Park. Despite unhappiness over weight assignments (Burning Roma 120, Grade I winner Scorpion 118), Dutrow expressed confidence.
"Scorpion's going to need every pound of it against Burning Roma," he said.
NOTE: Travis Dunkelberger returns to riding today at Pimlico. He broke his collarbone in an Aug. 8 spill.