Canani Eyeing Breeders' Cup Distaff for Tranquility Lake

Top turf distaffer Tranquility Lake's next race may come on the main track in an effort to prepare the the 6-year-old mare for the Breeders' Cup Distaff (gr. I), according to trainer Julio Canani.

"She might run on the dirt in New York or wait until Del Mar," said Canani, who added the 1 1/8-mile Distaff is the ultimate goal.

Tranquility Lake earned her maiden win on the main track at Hollywood Park, but has had most of her success on turf courses, where she is a multiple grade I winner. She finished third on dirt in the 1998 La Brea Stakes (gr. I) prior to a fourth-place outing in the La Canada Stakes (gr. II) in her last main track appearance.

Canani offered no excuses for her game second-place finish in Saturday's Gamely Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IT). "She came back good," the conditioner said. "She got beat by another Grade I winner (Happyanunoit)."

This year's Breeders' Cup Distaff will be run around one turn at Belmont Park, a setting where Riboletta excelled last year. After losing her foal in Kentucky, Riboletta is also being pointed to the Distaff.

Eclipse Award winner Riboletta will return to Eduardo Inda's barn on Tuesday. Inda plans to train the Roi Normand mare up to the Belmont Park meet, where she will prep for the Breeders' Cup.

Inda also has a full sister of Riboletta, the 3-year-old filly Tamara Princess.

"She is scheduled to work (Tuesday) and should make her first start here in mid-June," said Inda.

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