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« on: October 31, 2006, 02:29:54 PM »

Asi Siempre – See Distaff


Dancing Edie –  The 4yo filly, who likes to run on the front end, got her first feel of the Churchill Downs track Tuesday by jogging 1m midway through the morning exercise period.

Trainer Craig Dollase said, “This was her first time on the Churchill surface and she acted real well. I’m very pleased with the exercise.”


            Film Maker –  Like her stablemate Better Talk Now, Film Maker jogged and galloped a mile under exercise rider Lisa Davidson at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning, after arriving by van from Keeneland on Monday afternoon.

            Film Maker is being trained for her third start in the Filly & Mare Turf, in which she finished second behind Ouija Board at Lone Star in 2004, and third behind Intercontinental at Belmont Park, where Ouija Board finished second. Film Maker and Ouija Board, the European turf star, will clash for the third time in the Filly & Mare Turf.

            “It’s somewhat daunting, but Ouija Board has had a long campaign and we have a fresh horse,” said trainer Graham Motion, whose  6yo mare has raced only three times this year, winning the All Along Breeders’ Cup at Colonial Downs before finishing second in the Beverly D. at Arlington Park and the Flower Bowl at Belmont Park.

“Film Maker’s come close to Ouija Board before, it would be exciting to turn the tables on her. I have all the respect in the world for Ouija Board. What she’s accomplished is extraordinary.”

Motion, who has delayed his arrival to Louisville in order to spend Halloween at home with his children in Maryland, reported Film Maker will gallop on the main track after the break Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings.


Germance –  The Kentucky-bred filly, who has won four of six starts this year, shipped to Churchill Downs Tuesday morning from Keeneland, where she had been stabled since running fourth in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup there on Oct. 14.

The daughter of Silver Hawk, who won in the Prix Saint-Alary at Longchamp in May, had trouble at the start of the Keeneland race and never recovered, finishing nearly three lengths behind the winner, Vacare.

Jean-Claude Rouget, who has not saddled a Breeders’ Cup starter since he sent out Millkorn to run 13th in the 1994 Classic at Churchill Downs, has given the mount to Christophe Soumillon, who rides for the first time.

Rouget is not expected to be on hand to saddle Germance Saturday.


            Gorella –  See Mile


Honey Ryder/ Quiet Royal/ Wait a While – The Todd Pletcher-trained Honey Ryder jogged at Belmont Park Tuesday morning in preparation for the Filly & Mare Turf.

            Wait a While, who might go favored in the Filly & Mare Turf, galloped at Belmont Park.

Pletcher’s Quiet Royal, also pointing to the Filly & Mare Turf, galloped at Churchill Downs Tuesday.

                  Mauralakana –  Mauralakana galloped 1 ½m Tuesday morning at Keeneland, where she’ll stay until a Thursday afternoon ship to Churchill Downs with trainer Patrick Biancone’s three other Breeders’ Cup starters (Gorella, Her Majesty and Asi Siempre).

            Previously campaigned in Europe, Mauralakana has been in Biancone’s barn for just two starts. Asked if he is still learning about the 3yo filly, Biancone said, “She’s ready and we’ll see.”

            Like the other three Biancone Cup horses, Mauralakana will be ridden by young jockey Julien Leparoux, formerly an exercise rider for Biancone. Leparoux just lost his apprentice allowance in late September. 


            My Typhoon –  With exercise rider Jose Ranilla in the irons, the Live Oak Plantation filly breezed 5f in at bullet 59 Tuesday morning at Keeneland.

It was the fastest of the five works at the distance and three-fifths faster than the time of the next horse on list, Asi Siempre, who was pre-entered in the Filly & Mare Turf and the Distaff, with a first preference in the Distaff.

            “The work went well,” Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said. “She was a bit too anxious at the pole, but overall the work was good. She came back fine.”

            My Typhoon was scheduled to be shipped from Keeneland to Mott’s barn at Churchill Downs on Tuesday afternoon.

            In her last start, the First Lady at Keeneland on Oct. 14, My Typhoon, stalked the early pace, made a move that carried her to the lead in the stretch, but was overtaken by Gorella and Karen’s Caper. Gorella was pre-entered in the Mile and the Filly & Mare Turf, with a first preference in the Mile.

            My Typhoon has won both of her turf starts at Churchill Downs, the Mrs. Revere on Nov. 12, 2005, and the Mint Julep Handicap on June 17.


Ouija Board – The once and possibly future Filly & Mare Turf champion got her first look at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning after clearing quarantine Monday night.

Under the watchful eye of Robin Trevor Jones, head traveling lad for trainer Edward Dunlop who has been with the 5yo mare for every one of her 20 career starts.

Ouija Board schooled in the paddock and jogged once around the main track. Jones said she is scheduled to canter on the grass Wednesday morning, when Dunlop is expected to be on hand to supervise.

 Ouija Board won the 2004 running of the Filly & Mare Turf at Lone Star Park as the 9-10 favorite, and last year ran second behind Intercontinental at Belmont Park as the $2.30-1 choice.

“Everything is going to plan,” Jones said when asked about the mare’s prospects to become a two-time Breeders’ Cup winner. “She’s very happy here and doing quite well.

“I walked the course yesterday, and it seemed quite quick, which is fine with us,” Jones said. “She likes fast ground.”

Jones said this will be the last Breeders’ Cup for Ouija Board, an English-bred daughter of Cape Cross.

“If all goes well here,” Jones said, “she’ll race in Japan and then Hong Kong, and then be retired. She’s got a date (at stud) with Kingmambo next year.”

Dunlop has given the mount to Frankie Dettori, who has been aboard in two of Ouija Board’s nine career wins.


Satwa Queen – The 4yo French-bred filly, a stakes winner at Deauville this summer, was out for a jog around the main track at Churchill Downs Tuesday morning after clearing quarantine.

The daughter of Muhtathir will be the first Breeders’ Cup starter for trainer Jean de Roualle, who is scheduled to arrive at Churchill Downs Thursday. Satwa Queen will be ridden by Thierry Thulliez, who was aboard in her Deauville score.

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