10/19/2006 11:00PM

Adhrhythm to vie for a spot in BC


MIAMI - Trainer Eddie Plesa Jr. said Friday he plans to pre-enter his top 2-year-old filly Adhrhythm on Monday for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Adhrhythm, a homebred daughter of Adhocracy owned by the Centaur Farms, posted her third straight victory when she rallied to a convincing 4 3/4-length triumph at Calder last Saturday in the 1 1/16-mile My Dear Girl Stakes. The win followed her even easier 8 1/2-length decision six weeks earlier in the seven-furlong Susan's Girl. Adhrhythm has not finished worse than second in five career starts.

Whether Adhrhythm ultimately makes the starting lineup for the Juvenile Fillies is another story. The race is expected to be oversubscribed, with only 14 horses allowed to start. Seven starting berths are reserved for the top point-earners in American graded stakes, while a panel of racing directors and secretaries will select the remaining seven members of the field.

Adhrhythm has earned no points in graded stakes.

"The Juvenile Fillies is a wide-open race, and if nothing else my filly proved last weekend that she can certainly get the distance, so I think she deserves a chance to go," said Plesa. "If we get in, great. If not I'll probably point her for a race here on the Florida Million card."

There are two races for 2-year-old fillies on the Nov. 11 Florida Million program, the seven-furlong Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies and the 1 1/16-mile John Franks Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Plesa has had one Breeders' Cup starter, Three Ring, who finished third in the 1998 Juvenile Fillies.

Three other Calder-based horses are also expected to pre-enter in this year's Breeders' Cup: Pomeroy and Nightmare Affair in the Sprint, along with Miesque's Approval in the Mile.

Mr. Maestre still looking sharp

Mr. Maestre, who earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 103 winning an overnight stakes by 10 lengths earlier this month, appears to be keeping his sharp edge after working four furlongs in 48 seconds on Friday. Mr. Maestre, a son of Lord Carson owned by Angel and Pedro Maestre, passed Saturday's seven-furlong Go for Will overnight stakes and will likely make his next start in the $150,000 Jack Dudley Sprint Handicap, carded at six furlongs for registered Florida-breds on Nov. 11.

Rematch in Sugar N Spice

A Sea Trippi and Running Bobcats, first and second in the U Can Do It Handicap last month, will meet again when they head a field of eight fillies and mares in Sunday's $45,000 Sugar N Spice Stakes at seven furlongs.

A Sea Trippi returned from a nine-week layoff to defeat Running Bobcats by a comfortable 2 1/4 lengths over a sloppy track in the 6 1/2-furlong U Can Do It. Running Bobcats bounced back from that setback to capture the six-furlong Dolly Jo Stakes easily over a fast strip three weeks later.

Running Bobcats will be the co-highweight at 123 pounds under the allowance conditions of the Sugar N Spice, along with Out of Pride, who earned her assignment by capturing the one-mile Success Stakes earlier this season. A Sea Trippi will get a three-pound weight concession from both rivals as the only 3-year-old in the field.

Completing the lineup are Midtown Miss, a distant second in the Dolly Jo; Tchula Miss, who has not started since finishing second in the grassy Cool Air Stakes in May of 2005; Amazing Royalist; Iztla; and Leona's Knight.