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Santa Ana Lane scratched from The Shorts

Santa Ana Lane's spring campaign has been delayed with trainer Anthony Freedman opting to withdraw Australia's highest-rating sprinter from Saturday's $500,000 Group 2 The Shorts (1100m) at Randwick.

Freedman scratched Santa Ana Lane from The Shorts on Thursday at 3:24pm (AEST) as a result of Sydney's wet weather, which has seen the track downgraded from Soft 6 on Tuesday to a Heavy 9 at the time of his removal from the field.

Australian Turf Club officials believe Randwick will remain in the Heavy range for race day.

A five-time Group 1 winner, Santa Ana Lane hasn't race since finishing fourth of nine in the G1 Chairman's Sprint Prize (1200m) won by Beat The Clock at Sha Tin on April 28.

The seven-year-old gelding by Lope de Vega has prepared for his racetrack return with two Cranbourne trials on Heavy ground, finishing fourth and third respectively, the latest of those on September 2.

Santa Ana Lane will now resume in either the G2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on October 5 or the G2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on the same day, before contesting the $14m Everest (1200m) at Randwick a fortnight later for slot-holder TAB.com.au.

Classique Legend is $4.20 favourite for The Shorts with BetEasy while Pierata ($4.40), Redzel ($4.60) and Osborne Bulls ($6) are the only others at single-figure odds.

Santa Ana Lane and Mark Zahra winning the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, picture Sportpix.com.au

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