Juvenile Fillies' Notes: Caressing In Final Workout

Notes from Breeders' Cup Notes Team
Caressing-Carl Pollard's Caressing finalized her preparations for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with a strong five-furlong workout in 58 3/5 Tuesday.

"She went nice," trainer David Vance. "She looked comfortable going over the track. I sent another horse with her early. She didn't really need it, but I wanted to get her into the game."

The Honour and Glory filly, most recently second to fellow Juvenile Fillies contender Thunder Bertie in the Arlington-Washington Lassie, will walk on Wednesday and then gallop up to the race.

Cash Deal-Overbrook Farm's Cash Deal completed her major work for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with an open gallop through the stretch Tuesday morning before the renovation break. Jorge Chavez will have the mount Saturday.

With only two career starts, Cash Deal will be the least experienced starter in the field. "I am hoping she will overcome that," trainer D. Wayne Lukas said. "I wish I had another two-turn race in her. I wish the Alcibiades would have been a different type race, but I think Jorge (Chavez) learned a lesson that day and I think we have that straightened out."

Cindy's Hero-The Del Mar Debutante winner galloped about a mile and an eighth Tuesday under exercise rider Michelle Jensen, who said she went well.

"Tomorrow, she's going to the gate, stand in it and just gallop," said Jensen. Trainer Dave Hofmans will return Thursday morning after a trip back to Los Angeles.

Freefourracing-The Stonerside Stable filly galloped a mile Tuesday morning under exercise rider Andy Durnin. "We're monitoring her closely," said trainer Neil Drysdale. "She just ran the other day, and she was a little stiff after the race. If she continues to improve, she will run."

After winning three of four starts in England, she rallied to win the six-furlong Indian Summer Stakes at Keeneland Oct. 19 in her debut on dirt. "You never know what to expect first time on dirt, but I was impressed," said Drysdale. Her groom is Felipe Gallardo.

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Nasty Storm-Alcibiades Stakes runner-up Nasty Storm joined her stablemate Dollar Bill, a Breeders' Cup Juvenile contender, in a one-mile gallop in preparation for the Fillies' race. Trainer Dallas Stewart said he was pleased with both of his juveniles.

Notable Career-The Oak Leaf winner is scheduled to arrive Tuesday afternoon from Santa Anita with the rest of trainer Bob Baffert's contingent.

Out Of Sync-Trainer Nick Zito is high on this Out Of Place filly for the Juvenile Fillies. "Everybody loves Raging Fever for Saturday, and they're right because no one has beaten her yet," Zito said. "But Out Of Sync ran a very big race against her in the Frizette, when she ran second by less than two lengths. "Out Of Sync is a very nice filly and she is handling everything I've given her." Out Of Sync walked the shedrow this morning.

Platinum Tiara-Trainer Joseph Waunsch was pleased to report this morning that M375 Thoroughbreds' filly Platinum Tiara stood in the starting gate this morning "like a perfect lady" and then galloped 1 1/2 miles under exercise rider Stephan Chevalier.

"She was very good in the gate this morning. In the Alcibiades [her previous start], she was in the one hole and was a little jumpy in there. But she's been very good here...we won't have another Scratch Pad," he said in reference to his 1999 Juvenile Fillies starter who was very rank before her races and had to be saddled in the tunnel leading out to the track. "Now this filly is exciting," he said of Platinum Tiara. "It's exciting to have one to dominate like that down there [in Florida]. I think we just caught bad luck at Keeneland."

After her jumpiness in the starting gate in the Alcibiades, she had to check nearing the first turn and was then racing four-wide and didn't have much left for the stretch and finished fifth of seven fillies.

"We're going to want to come from behind in this race. There's too much speed and she doesn't have to be on the front. We're going to take back and try to save a lot of ground," Waunsch said.

Raging Fever-Edward Evans' perfect five-for-five filly Raging Fever continued her preparation for the Breeders' Cup this morning with a main track jog. Trainer Mark Hennig is in New York today and is expected back tomorrow afternoon.

Assistant trainer Rob Rader, who has been with Hennig since he went out on his own in 1992, says Raging Fever is doing everything right.

"People may knock her for her slower races, but nobody's beaten her yet," he said. Raging Fever posted a career-low Beyer figure of 79 when winning the Frizette last out, but nevertheless did what she had to do to win. "The [post position] draw tomorrow will be very important," Rader continued. "Leaving from the 13 or 14 spot will be tough...I hope it's not us."

She's A Devil Due-Trainer Kenneth McPeek currently has 22 horses stabled at Churchill Downs, but it is Brian Griggs and Mike Goetz's undefeated filly She's A Devil Due that is commanding the attention at the barn. The Kentucky-bred daughter of Devil His Due walked in the paddock today and then galloped 1 1/2 miles, continuing her preparation for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

"She went excellent and loves this racetrack," said McPeek. "We're going to breeze her on Thursday three-eighths, probably after the [renovation] break."

McPeek is one trainer that doesn't seem to be too concerned about tomorrow's post position draw. "The draw is not that important to us. She comes from off the pace anyhow," he said.

Stormy Pick-Walked Tuesday following a workout Monday. Trainer Ben Perkins, Jr. is due in from New Jersey Wednesday to supervise training through the rest of the week.

Thunder Bertie-Bernie Flint, perennially a leading trainer in Kentucky, oversaw the final preparations of his Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies contender, Thunder Bertie, who galloped two miles on Tuesday. The Thunder Gulch filly enters the Juvenile Fillies on a two-race win streak, including the Arlington-Washington Lassie.

Top Of The League-Stronach Stable's undefeated Lite The Fuse filly injured her leg during her morning gallop and will miss the Juvenile Fillies. "If she didn't make it to the Breeders' Cup, we were going to run her here on Friday in the Pocahontas," Orseno said. "But she hurt herself this morning. It doesn't look to be too serious, but we're waiting to get word from the veterinarian."

Two Item Limit-Two Item Limit made it into the body of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, but will not run Saturday, said trainer Stephen L. DiMauro. "She worked five-eighths this morning in a minute flat [at Belmont Park] and went well, but we're staying in New York," said DiMauro. "We're more concerned about not being able to train over the Churchill track. She's doing well, but it would be a lot to ask of her to ship tomorrow and then be asked to run the biggest race of her life without having the benefit of training over the track," he said. Two Item Limit will run Sunday in the Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct instead.

Xtra Heat-Trainer John Salzman continued to be upbeat about the way Xtra Heat is approaching the Juvenile Fillies but he is having a difficult time handicapping the field. "I must have studied it for three hours," he said. "But I couldn't come up with a clear picture. There are at least three horses that can come from out of it: Freefourracing, Raging Fever and Out of Sync. The speed looks like Notable Career, Stormy Pick and my filly but I'm confused. As for the rider, I know I could have gotten one of those big names. Their agents have called me. But Mark (Johnston) is a very good rider and he's had four races on her. I'm very comfortable with him."