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$1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies (Grade I)

October 25, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

Balletto– The Frizette winner galloped 1 ?-miles Monday at Belmont in preparation for her start Saturday in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies with Jerry Bailey in the saddle.
Trainer Tom Albertrani said she would work 5f Tuesday with jockey Aaron Gryder up. She’s then scheduled for a Wednesday flight to Texas.
The work will be her only timed move since her Oct. 9 win in the Frizette.

Culinary – Jack H. Smith III Thoroughbreds’ undefeated Culinary walked the shedrow Monday morning at Lone Star.
The El Amante filly worked 5f in 1:01 2/5 at Lone Star Saturday morning with jockey Carlos Marquez up. Marquez, who never has had a Breeders’ Cup mount, will be in the irons in the Juvenile Fillies.
Trainer Michael Stidham was at Keeneland Monday morning and expected back at Lone Star on Wednesday. Assistant Rigo Rosas said the filly would return to the track in the morning. Culinary arrived at Lone Star on Oct. 20 from Keeneland, where she had three works after winning the Arlington-Washington Lassie on Sept. 19.

Culture Clash –Everest Stables’ 2 yo filly Culture Clash was a shedrow walker Monday morning following her handy 5f drill Sunday at Santa Anita.
The homebred daughter of Petionville stopped the clockers’ watches in 59 2/5 Sunday with exercise rider Jenny Jonson at the controls.
“Her work was dynamite,” said trainer Marcelo Polanco Monday from his Santa Anita barn. “This race will only be her third start, but she’s a very professional filly and I have a lot of confidence in her. My vet checked her this morning and he gave me the OK. She’s doing really well and I’m very pleased with how she’s doing.”
Kerwin John, the native of the Virgin Islands who will be riding his first Breeders’ Cup race aboard the dark bay or brown lassie, has handled her in both her starts to date – a score in a straight maiden race at Del Mar in September and a fourth-place finish in the Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita Oct. 2.
Polanco noted that Culture Clash would board a plane in Los Angeles at 1 a.m. Wednesday for her trip to Texas. She’ll be joined on the journey by stablemate Island Fashion.

 Dance Away Capote –The 2yo daughter of Capote, who is scheduled to board a Dallas-bound plane in Louisville Tuesday afternoon, will provide trainer Graham Motion with his first Breeders’ Cup starter when she goes to post in the Juvenile fillies.
Dance Away Capote finished off the board in the Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland in her last start, but her trainer was extremely impressed with her performance, in which she was beaten by less than a length after breaking from a far outside post position.
“She had to overcome a lot. She had a terrible post,’’ said Motion from Keeneland. “Everybody’s talking about what a bad trip Sense of Style had in the Alciabides, but nobody had a worse trip than my filly.”
Dance Away Capote breezed a half mile in 50 1/5 Monday morning over Keeneland’s new all-weather training track.
“It was just a light breeze. After her effort in the Alcibiades, she’s fit,’’ said Motion, who will also saddle Film Maker for the Filly & Mare Turf and Better Talk Now for the Turf.

 Enduring Will – Michael Rainier’s Enduring Will was declared out of the Juvenile Fillies by trainer Al Stall Jr., on Saturday because of a fever.
“She’ll be over it in about 24 to 48 hours,” Stall said Saturday, “but we’re not going to compromise her in any way by taking any chances.”

Higher World – The gray daughter of Peaks and Valleys jogged once around the Lone Star oval Monday morning after arriving from Toronto on Sunday. Trainer Mark Casse, who is stabled at Woodbine, is due to arrive Wednesday afternoon.
Owned by Sea Soft Stable, Higher World broke her maiden sprinting at Woodbine in August and last out on Oct. 3 won the Mazarine Stakes at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies distance of a 1 1/16 miles.
“She had her final breeze last week at Woodbine,” Casse said. “She’ll gallop at Lone Star Tuesday and basically just jog and gallop up to the race.”
Casse said that Patrick Husbands, who has been aboard in all three of the filly’s starts, will be down from Woodbine to take the mount Saturday.

In The Gold –The 2yo daughter of Golden Missile, who arrived from Kentucky on Sunday, galloped a mile Monday morning under Maxine Correa.
“She just came in yesterday, so we took it easy on her today,” said Reynaldo Abreu, assistant to trainer Nick Zito, who was scheduled to arrive in Dallas Monday afternoon.

 Mona Lisa— The daughter of Giant’s Causeway, second to Tiznow in the 2000 Classic, shipped from Shannon, Ireland, Monday morning along with the European contingent for the 21st Breeders’ Cup. Trainer Aidan O’Brien has won three Breeders’ Cup races, but both his previous Juvenile Fillies runners, Sophisticat and Warrior Queen, finished unplaced.

Play With Fire – Fourth last time out in the Frizette, Play With Fire is scheduled for a Tuesday flight from New York to Texas. She’ll be accompanied by assistant trainer Jose Sanchez and groom Miguel Garcia. Trainer Mark Hennig will arrive Thursday.
The 2yo daughter of Boundary worked 4f in 46 Saturday with jockey Pablo Fragoso up. She jogged Monday.
Pat Day has been named to ride her in the Juvenile Fillies.

 Quiet Honor– Trainer Paula Capestro was still trying Monday to firm up shipping arrangements from Southern Californiaafter learning that once-raced Quiet Honor had drawn into the Juvenile Fillies off the preference list.
“We’ll come Thursday if we can’t get on a Wednesday flight,” Capestro said.
Quiet Honor worked 5f with Tyler Baze in 1:01 Sunday.
Capestro said all major work is behind the daughter of Real Quiet. “I’ll probably let her run down the lane the day before the race,” she said.

 Ready’s Gal–  In a difficult week for trainer Todd Pletcher, who earlier lost Mile/Turf entrant Balto Star, Ready's Gal was eliminated from the Juvenile Fillies, when she fractured her right hind pastern Saturday.
“We’re disappointed because she had raced so well and was training well,” said Pletcher. “But she seems to be comfortable here in her stall at Belmont Park.”
Pletcher said that X-rays were to be Fed-X'd to Dr. Larry Bramlage to determine if surgery was necessary. The evaluation is expected later in the week.      

Runway Model – Naveed Chowhan’s Runway Model completed her major preparations for the Juvenile Fillies by working 5f in 1:00 3/5 over a fast track Monday morning at Churchill Downs with Dean Butler up. The work was the sixth-fastest of 64 at the distance.
“She worked real good,” said trainer Bernie Flint, who will be saddling his third Breeders’ Cup starter. “She will be shipping tomorrow morning.”
Rafael Bejarano, the nation’s current leading rider in wins this year, will make his Breeders’ Cup debut aboard Runway Model, a half-sister to Mambo Train who ran 11th in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

 Sense of Style– Trainer Patrick Biancone brought Juvenile Fillies starter Sense of Style and her turf specialist stablemate Magistretti to Lone Star Park a week ago Monday, and he’s glad he did. Both schooled in the paddock Monday morning.
“The track (adjustment) was no problem, it’s the weather,” he said. “I think I do good to come early. It takes three days to adjust to the weather.”
Sense of Style, to be ridden by Edgar Prado, worked Sunday in 59 4/5 with Tony Farina up.
“That was the main work,” he said. “Both will get to stretch their legs a little later in the week. They’ll have an open gallop.”

Sharp Lisa– The Alcibiades Stakes runner-up arrived on a flight from California Monday and settled into her Lone Star surroundings in preparation for her Saturday date in the Juvenile Fillies.
She will gallop up to the race under the eyes of exercise rider Juan Martinez, barn foreman Sabas Rivera and groom Noe Garcia, who will deputizing for trainer Doug O’Neill.
O’Neill said Monday he won’t be making the Breeders’ Cup trip because he is due to become a father this week. “My wife’s expecting date is tomorrow (Tuesday) so I won’t be coming.”
Sharp Lisa put in her final preparations for the race with an easy 5f work Saturday at Hollywood Park, stopping the clock in 1:03. “She was just cruising,” O’Neill said.
European champion rider Frankie Dettori will ride.

SisCity–The on-again off-again saga of the Frizette Stakes third-place finisher appears to be back on after owner Sandy Goldfarb called Breeders’ Cup officials saying the Juvenile Fillies hopeful was going to be shipped to Lone Star despite reports over the weekend to the contrary.
Trainer Rick Dutrow breezed Sis City 5f Monday morning at Aqueduct in 1:03 1/5. He termed the workout as a “basic” exercise and that he had yet to make final plans about flying from New York or who the jockey would be.
“The owners all want to go, and if we can get these things worked out, I’ll be excited to be there, too,” said Dutrow. “I can’t answer too many questions right now, but I’ll know more on entry day.”
In addition to Goldfarb, New York Yankees manager Joe Torre is among the partners Dutrow says are excited about starting in the Juvenile Fillies.

 Sweet Catomine— The Oak Leaf Stakes and Del Mar Debutante winner was flown from California to Texas on Monday after working 5f in 58 4/5 at Santa Anita on Sunday.
“It was a good work,” said trainer Julio Canani of  the Marty and Pam Wygod homebred. Corey Nakatani has the Juvenile Fillies call.