LAUREL -- Trainer Carlos Garcia said yesterday that Valay Maid's next start will be in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Belmont Park on Oct. 27.
The filly romped to victory in the Cotillion Stakes at Philadelphia Park six days ago. Garcia, whose 17 stakes victories this year make him the leader among Maryland trainers, said, "The Breeders' Cup is our main goal."
Bayakoa, the defending Distaff champion, and Go For Wand are the likely favorites in the 1 1/8 -mile race. There has been speculation that Go For Wand might bypass the Distaff to try for Horse of the Year honors in the Breeders' Cup Classic, but Garcia said Go For Wand's status has nothing to do with his decision to take Valay Maid.
"She [Valay Maid] ran more like I expected in her last race," he said. "The race in the Maryland Million [in which she finished third as a heavy favorite] was a bad one. She was fooling around and just didn't run her race."
* Three-time national jockey leader Kent Desormeaux is scheduled to ride at Laurel Race Course tomorrow. He will ride Ten Keys tonight at the Meadowlands.
"Then he goes to Chicago Sunday to ride in a jockeys' challenge," his agent, Gene Short, said yesterday from California.
Desormeaux has been named to ride five horses tomorrow, including Voodoo Lily in the $100,000 Columbia Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.
The Vosburgh Stakes, featuring Housebuster, will be simulcast from Belmont as part of a 12-race card.
Unbeaten Sleek 'n Graceful will head Sunday's $35,000 Bimelech Stakes for 2-year-olds.
* Bayakoa's final start before the Breeders' Cup will be Oct. 6 in the Spinster Stakes at Keeneland Race Course. Dale Capuano, who will saddle Double Bunctious in the 1 1/8 -mile Spinster, is one of the few trainers willing to try Bayakoa. A small field is likely.
Capuano also sends out Gentle Is the Nite, favored in the $125,000 Kamora Breeders Classic at Charles Town Race Course tomorrow night. The Kamora is the headliner of the nine-race West Virginia Breeders Classics.
* Bowie-based Baldski's Choice has earned a berth in the $250,000 Final Fourteen championship at Bay Meadows on Oct. 14. The gelding won an elimination race in the unique tournament format at Turfway Park on Sunday.
Jerry Robb, who trains Baldski's Choice, said the comeback of Little Bold John has been delayed for several more months. The 8-year-old recently had surgery to remove a splint bone, a small bone in the leg.