Filly & Mare Turf Notes: Perfect Sting One to Beat?<br>
Updated: Tuesday, October 31, 2000 7:24 PM
From Breeders' Cup Notes Team
Posted: Tuesday, October 31, 2000 5:16 PM
Caffe Latte-The Stonerside Stable filly is scheduled to arrive Tuesday afternoon from Santa Anita with the rest of trainer Bob Baffert's contingent.
Catella-See European Report.
Collect the Cash and Perfect Sting-Trainer Joe Orseno issued a warning to all concerning the Filly & Mare Turf. "Perfect Sting is the one to beat," he said, "but they better not forget about Collect the Cash. She is not in there to be a 'rabbit' for Perfect Sting. She is very capable of going all the way and winning this on the front end. Her presence makes it an honest race. They can't forget about her."
Collect the Cash, a 3-year-old Dynaformer filly, brings a four-race winning streak to the Filly & Mare Turf. Her big score came on Oct. 8 when she won Keeneland's Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.
"That's the reason she is running here; she's earned her shot," Orseno said. "She is also an iron horse, and 1 3/8 miles won't be a problem for her."
Perfect Sting, a 4-year-old Red Ransom filly, had a four-race winning streak halted in the Galaxy at Keeneland on Oct. 13. Orseno, however, believes he is smarter because of the experience.
"You learn some things every once in a while," Orseno said. "With her, we started to think that she was invincible. That is not true of any racehorse. We learned that we have to help her out by having a strategy that will make the most of her talent. She spoiled us because she was winning races in spite of trouble and everything else." Collect The Cash galloped 1 1/2 miles today, while Perfect Sting had an open gallop on the turf course.
Colstar-Was on her way to Louisville with a late afternoon arrival expected after a van trip from Middleburg, Virginia.
Fly for Avie-Despite a 12-hour van ride from Woodbine on Monday, Fly for Avie was on her toes as she cooled out from a 1 1/4 mile gallop over the main track in preparation for a start in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. The E.P. Taylor winner was accompanied to Churchill by exercise rider Sarah Cohen and groom Gail Johnson. Trainer David Bell is due in on Tuesday night.
Goldamix-See European Report.
Maltese Superb-See European Report,
Petrushka-See European Report.
Pico Teneriffe-The 4-year-old Red Ransom filly walked the shedrow this morning for trainer Todd Pletcher. She will try to end a five-race losing streak in the Filly & Mare Turf. "She's a very consistent filly and she seldom runs a bad race," Pletcher said. "She hasn't won as much as we like, but she has very strong company lines. She has faced some of the best turf fillies around and she has run strongly against them.
She deserves a chance to start here. She will likely be bred next year, although she might have a race or two at Gulfstream because she has won five of six races down there."
Snow Polina-Of trainer Bill Mott's 31 Breeders' Cup starters, 14 were owned by the late Allen Paulson and Madeleine Paulson. This year, Mott has eight Breeders' Cup hopefuls, each for a different owner, including Gary Tanaka's Snow Polina.
"We've got the same number of horses -- 100 -- but the owners change," said Mott. "With Mr. Paulson having passed away, it kind of opens it up for others. There's a turnover. I guess I'm proud of the fact we have repeat business."
Snow Polina, a daughter of Red Ransom, walked the shedrow Tuesday morning and will school in the paddock later this week, probably Thursday.
Spanish Fern-The 5-year-old by El Gran Senor, bred and owned by Juddmonte Farms, was scheduled to arrive in Louisville Tuesday afternoon following a flight from trainer Bobby Frankel's Southern California operation at Hollywood Park.
In her most recent start -- Santa Anita's Yellow Ribbon Stakes -- Spanish Fern finished second to Tranquility Lake, who will be a foe once again in Saturday's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf. The mare put in her final work for the upcoming race with a 6 fur. breeze in 1:16 3/5 on Sunday at Hollywood Park.
Speaking of Time-See Breeders' Cup Distaff Report.
Tout Charmant-Traveling with a contingent of horses from Southern California, Stonerside Stable's Tout Charmant was expected to arrive Tuesday afternoon as her preparations went forward toward Saturday's Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf.
The 4-year-old daughter of Slewvescent, trained by Ron McAnally, comes into the race from a solid victory over Perfect Sting, who was on a four-race victory streak, in Keeneland's Winstar Galaxy Stakes. Regular rider Chris McCarron will be aboard once again in Saturday's race.
Tranquility Lake- The Yellow Ribbon Stakes winner jogged 1 1/2 miles on the main track under exercise rider Daniel Druet Tuesday after arriving from California the previous day.
"She's sharp and as good as she's ever going to be," said trainer Julio Canani of the 5yo mare, unbeaten in three starts this year. "We know she can go a mile and a quarter. Maybe she can go a mile and three-eighths." Traversio Vibanco is her groom.
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