10/16/2007 11:00PM

All who want in get their wish

EmailThe connections of Benny the Bull, Bordonaro, La Traviata, and Commentator are all very eager to run in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Sprint, although for the past several weeks they have been worried they might not get into the starting lineup if the race were to oversubscribe.

Not to worry.

Although 15 horses were pre-entered on Monday for the 14 starting positions, everybody who wants to run in the Sprint will have that opportunity because one of the entered horses, Park Avenue Ball, has as a first preference the Dirt Mile.

As expected, likely favorite Midnight Lute topped the list of pre-entries for the Sprint. A son of Real Quiet, Midnight Lute has won just once this year but the victory was an eye-catching 2 1/4-length triumph in the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga, which earned the year's highest Beyer Speed Figure, a 124.

The stretch-running Benny the Bull was easily second in the Forego.

"He's going to have to pass them all to win," said trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. earlier this month. "If he gets a good trip he's live. If not, he's dead."

La Traviata will be the only filly in the Sprint and one of only two 3-year-olds in the field, along with Idiot Proof.

"If the race oversubscribed she would have had to be invited to get in, but this was definitely our first preference over the Filly and Mare Sprint, which is ungraded," said Patrick Biancone, trainer of La Traviata.

Trainer Bill Spawr was uncertain whether Bordonaro would return in the Sprint after his fourth-place finish behind Idiot Proof in the Grade 1 Ancient Title at Santa Anita. Bordonaro ran fourth in the 2006 BC Sprint. But Spawr decided to pre-enter Bordonaro when fellow speedster Fabulous Strike was injured and pulled from consideration.

"Having Fabulous Strike come out was one reason we've decided to try him again this year," Spawr said. "That takes some of the speed out of the race. And it will be nice to get him back on a dirt track that is speed biased."

Spawr said Bordonaro will be equipped with blinkers for the first time in the Sprint.

The lightning-fast but fragile Commentator has started just three times this year and not since July 28, when he finished sixth after a poor start in the Grade 2 Alfred Vanderbilt Handicap at Saratoga.

The others pre-entered for the Sprint are Talent Search, Smokey Stover, Mach Ride, Greg's Gold, Attila's Storm, Kelly's Landing, In Summation, and Forefathers.