Oak Leaf winner Sweet Catomine installed as Juvenile Fillies favorite.

Oak Leaf winner Sweet Catomine installed as Juvenile Fillies favorite.


Sweet Catomine Tops Juvenile Fillies Field

Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod's Sweet Catomine, winner of the Del Mar Debutante (gr. I) and Oak Leaf Stakes (gr. II) in three career starts, is the 5-2 choice in Saturday's Breeders' Juvenile Fillies (gr. I).

Trained by Julio Canani, Sweet Catomine drew post position 10 when 13 2-year-old fillies were entered Wednesday.

"Marty and I were both hoping for an outside post," Canani said. "She shouldn't get any dirt in her face being on the outside. I prefer the outside to the one."

Second choice Sense of Style, whose three-race win streak ended with a fifth-place finish in the Overbrook Alcibiades (gr. II) at Keeneland, will break from just inside the favorite in post 9.

"They are together. I don't think it's a problem," said trainer Patrick Biancone. "I prefer to be there than in the 1. Edgar (Prado) will enjoy the trip very much.

"I think if she's best, she's going to win," Biancone ventured. She's in good form. I think it's a strong field, a great bunch of fillies."

Sis City, whose trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. switched direction after first deciding not to ship to Texas last weekend, wound up in post 7.

"That seems reasonable," he said of the post. "I'm satisfied. It's not a bad post. I just didn't want a bad post like the rail or some of those outside."

The field for the 1 1/16 mile Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, in post position order (all carry 119 pounds):
1-Balletto, Jerry Bailey, 5-1
2-Higher World, Patrick Husbands, 30-1
3-(SCRATCHED) In the Gold, Javier Castellano, 10-1
4-Runway Model, Rafael Bejarano, 12-1
5-Culinary, Carlos Marquez Jr., 12-1
6-Dance With Capote, Ramon Dominguez, 20-1
7-Sis City, John Velazquez, 10-1
8-Mona Lisa, Jamie Spencer, 15-1
9-Sense of Style, Edgar Prado, 7-2
10-Sweet Catomine, Corey Nakatani, 5-2
11-Culture Clash, Kerwin John, 50-1
12-Sharp Lisa, Frankie Dettori, 15-1
13-Play With Fire, Pat Day, 15-1