Breeders' Cup has Md. connections

October 19, 1994|By Ross Peddicord | Ross Peddicord,Sun Staff Writer

Seven horses that are either stabled in Maryland or have made their last starts in some of the state's big races are scheduled to run in Breeders' Cup XI on Nov. 5 at Churchill Downs.

The latest horse added to the list is Laurel Dash winner Soviet Problem. The filly was not nominated to the Breeders' Cup program as a foal by her California owners, John Harris and Don Valpredo. That means they will have to supplement her at a cost of $120,000 to start in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Trainer Greg Gilchrist said the owners gave the go-ahead to enter the horse yesterday. "The first payment of $40,000 is put up Monday at the pre-entry deadline," Gilchrist said.

Horses have started to congregate at Churchill Downs. Jerry Botts, the track's vice president of racing, said 10 West Coast horses are scheduled to arrive today.

Here's the rundown of plans for locally connected Breeders' Cup starters.

Maryland-based runners

* Concern -- The nation's sixth-richest thoroughbred, who has earned $981,670 in 13 starts this year, will go in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Dick Small trains the 3-year-old colt at Pimlico for Robert Meyerhoff. In his last start, Concern was narrowly beaten by Soul of the Matter in the $750,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. Small said that the horse is thriving on his busy 1994 stakes schedule and will ship to Churchill Downs "close to race day." Jerry Bailey rides Concern in the Classic.

* Western Echo -- The Laurel Futurity winner worked five furlongs in 1 minute, 3/5 seconds yesterday at Laurel. Trainer Bud Delp said he will work Harry and Tom Meyerhoff's colt a mile at Laurel over the weekend, follow that with an easy five-eighths next week and then ship the horse to Churchill Oct. 30.

The 2-year-old colt will go in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile and could be ridden by local jockey Edgar Prado, although the owners might opt for a top 10 nationally ranked rider.

Recent Laurel winners

* Paradise Creek -- The Washington D.C. International winner was shipped back to Belmont Park after his victory at Laurel on Saturday and is scheduled to start with stablemate Fraise in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf. Pat Day is the jockey.

* Soviet Problem -- She defeated males as the heavy favorite in the Laurel Dash and might be favored again to beat the boys in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint. East Coast and West Coast male sprinters have taken turns beating each other all year, and no one has been more consistent than this California-bred filly.

Soviet Problem trains at Laurel this week and then heads to Kentucky on Sunday. Chris McCarron rides the filly in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

* Alice Springs -- Trainer Jonathan Sheppard wants to give the Breeders' Cup a try, but is worried that the Augustin Stable filly hasn't accumulated enough points in graded stakes company to draw into the 1 1/2 -mile Turf. "That means we could try Lure in the Mile," Sheppard said.

Rene Douglas, who has won four of five starts on Alice Springs this year, will have the mount.

* Stormy Blues -- The Selima Stakes winner is headquartered at Belmont Park with trainer Scotty Schulhofer and is due to fly to Churchill Downs today with stablemate Colonial Affair, a starter in the $3 million Classic.

The filly's Pikesville owner, Harriet Finkelstein, said yesterday that her filly worked well at Belmont this week and that Schulhofer said "all systems are go."

Regular jockey Jose Santos will ride Stormy Blues in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies stakes.

* Prenup -- Trainer Mark Hennig said yesterday that the 4-year-old son of Smarten is training well and will start against Soviet Problem in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

The horse won the Maryland Million Sprint at Laurel in his last race.

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