Monday, March 15, 2004 12:00 AM
FLORENCE, KY . . . March 15, 2004 . . . The $150,000 Bourbonette Breeders’ Cup, a mile run for three-year-old fillies, has attracted interest from both coasts and close to home as the Lane’s End undercard shapes up.
Booked to fly from New York on Thursday is Dogwood Stable’s Fond. She has the distance and beyond in two stakes wins at Aqueduct, a 21-1 longshot victory in the Busher Stakes last month and a 16-1 win in the Open Mind Stakes as a two-year-old. She’s been training well, said trainer George Weaver, and had her final workout, five furlongs in 1:01.09, last Saturday at Belmont.
Bob Baffert will send Class Above, who won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at Turfway last fall by 16 lengths. Jerry Bailey will ride. Class Above will share a flight from California on Wednesday with D. Wayne Lukas Bourbonette probable Susan’s Angel, scheduled to ship in from Churchill Downs on raceday.
Trainer Ed Frederick said Slewpy’s Storm “will definitely be coming” to the Bourbonette. The filly ate up the $50,000 Valdale Stakes at Turfway last month, streaking by the leaders to win by 8 1/2 lengths. “She has been training like an absolute monster,” Frederick said. “I think this will really be a good opportunity to see how she matches up with some of the top horses in her division.”
On a Thursday flight from Florida is Taittinger Rose, a Bill Mott trainee. Owned by Mike Rutherford, the filly has three second-place stakes finishes, two of them behind Fond.
Under “strong consideration” to be supplemented to the Bourbonette are Greg Foley’s Miss Wellspring and Niall O’Callaghan’s Quick Temper. Miss Wellspring has back-to-back victories under Rafael Bejarano, the most recent an allowance mile this past Sunday. None-for-seven as a two-year-old, she is two-for-three with one second place finish this year. Quick Temper was second in the Grade 2 Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds and fifth there behind Ashado in the Fair Grounds Oaks.
Lane’s End news
Also booked on the Florida flight on Thursday are Todd Pletcher’s Tales of Glory and Mott’s Stolen Time, both possible for the Grade 2 Lane’s End, although Pletcher said, “I am considering a whole lot of different possibilities. When entries are due on Thursday, then I will know what I am going to do.” Sinister G will be on the New York flight with Fond, apparently signaling trainer John Toscano’s decision in favor of the Lane’s End over the Illinois Derby (G2).
Jon Court to ride for Lukas
In addition to Susan’s Angel, the Lukas contingent arriving in Kentucky Wednesday includes Hasslefree for the Lane’s End Stakes, Boston Brahmin for the $100,000 Rushaway, and Gethsemani for the Hansel. Jockey Jon Court has the call for all four.
Birdstone, the Lane’s End headliner, easily breezed six furlongs in 1:15.40 Monday at Palm Meadows Training Center for Nick Zito.
Thelionshare had his final work Monday at Turfway, breezing five furlongs in 1:00.40. “He worked :47 for the half, said owner/trainer James Spicer. “He’s a big horse and I’ve been going really easy on him, but this colt is ready to go—now. He’s in great form.” Spicer said he may choose the Lane’s End for the colt instead of the Rushaway, the decision to come later in the week.
Stablemates El Prado Rob and Pies Prospect worked for trainer Nick Zito Monday at Palm Meadows, both going five furlongs in 1:02 flat. Both are aimed at the Rushaway. Jerry Bailey will ride El Prado Rob.
Stakes-placed Iron Rogue breezed four furlongs in :47.40 for trainer David Fortner, the fastest of seven at the distance.