Frankel smiling at chances of improving 1-for-42 record

Breeders' Cup notebook

October 23, 2002|By Tom Keyser | Tom Keyser,SUN STAFF

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Bobby Frankel, the Hall of Fame trainer with the country's strongest stable, broke one of racing's most infamous streaks last year in the Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park.

He began the day having saddled 36 straight losers in Breeders' Cup races. He entered six horses and, finally, in the Sprint, won with Squirtle Squirt.

His Breeders' Cup record entering Saturday's series is 1-for-42. It's difficult to imagine his not winning at least one more with another solid contingent. He has seven horses entered in four races.

"I feel like I could win six, and I'm only entered in four," Frankel said, smiling, outside his barn yesterday at Arlington Park. "I think we're going to have a big day."

Five of Frankel's entrants will compete on turf: Aldebaran and Beat Hollow in the Mile, Denon in the Turf, and Banks Hill and Starine in the Filly and Mare Turf. Two will race in the Classic: Medaglia d'Oro and Milwaukee Brew.

Frankel said he believes his best chances ride with his pair in the Classic. Jerry Bailey will ride Medaglia d'Oro, winner of the Travers, and Edgar Prado will ride Milwaukee Brew, winner of the Santa Anita Handicap.

Frankel was disappointed after winning only one race in last year's Breeders' Cup. He said this year he adjusted and tried to bring fresher horses.

"I don't think any of them ran their best race right before the Breeders' Cup," Frankel said. "Last year, some of my horses might have come in over the top."

California express

Came Home, a contender in the Classic, worked four furlongs in 48 1/5 seconds at Santa Anita Park. He is expected to arrive today with a large group of California horses, including Classic entrant War Emblem, winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

E Dubai comes back

Godolphin Racing's E Dubai breezed six furlongs in 1 minute, 16 1/5 seconds at Belmont Park. He enters the Classic off a 16-week layoff after bruising a foot July 6 in his last race, a gate-to-wire victory in the Suburban Handicap at Belmont. He is to arrive tomorrow at Arlington.

Historic try for `Uno'

Macho Uno is the only horse who could win his second different Breeders' Cup race. The 2000 Juvenile winner is entered in the Classic.

Five horses have won two Breeders' Cup races, but they were the same race: Bayakoa, Distaff, 1989 and 1990; Da Hoss, Mile, 1996 and 1998; Lure, Mile, 1992 and 1993; Miesque, Mile, 1987 and 1988; Tiznow Classic, 2000 and 2001.

Two horses out

D'wildcat was withdrawn from the Sprint because of a fever and cough. Blazing Fury will miss the Turf after injuring a tendon while galloping at Belmont.

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