10/25/2010 4:07PM

Astrology, Blue Laser withdrawn from consideration for BC Juvenile


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Astrology and Blue Laser, originally considered possible contenders for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, both worked at Churchill Downs on Monday morning, after which the connections of the two juveniles confirmed neither’s name was in the box when pre-entries closed for the race later that afternoon.

Astrology, third in Monmouth Park’s Garden State Stakes in his last start, breezed an easy half-mile in 50 seconds for trainer Steve Asmussen early Monday. Several hours later, assistant trainer Scott Blasi said Astrology would instead be pointed for the Grade 3, one-mile Iroquois here on Sunday’s opening-day card.

“He’s an A.P. Indy, which means he should come around a little later,” said Blasi. “We want to give him a little more chance to develop before running him in a race like the Breeders’ Cup.”

Blue Laser, upset winner of Woodbine’s Grade 3 Grey Stakes on Oct. 10, worked five furlongs in 1:00.44 in company with stablemate Delightful Mary after the renovation break on Monday. Blue Laser is a homebred son of Bluegrass Cat owned by WinStar Farms.

“Elliott Walden was here this morning to watch the work and said afterwards he was a little worried about running him back this quick,” said trainer Mark Casse. “We’re going to give him a little more time and point for the Delta Jackpot instead.”

Casse was excited, however, about the prospects of running Delightful Mary in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies following her excellent work with jockey Shaun Bridgmohan aboard on Monday. Delightful Mary suffered her first setback in three career starts when she finished third as a 1-2 favorite in Woodbine’s Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes.

“I’m on cloud nine after watching her work this morning,” said Casse, who trains Delightful Mare for owner John Oxley. “I think of all the times I’ve seen her breeze, today was her most impressive one and I’m not sure if she doesn’t like the dirt even more than the Polytrack. She’s not a great work horse and I told Shaun to carry a stick and be prepared to tap her on the shoulder but when he came back he had a smile from ear to ear and said he was just hanging on, that he never needed the stick. I told Mr. Oxley if this filly can move up a couple of lengths on dirt it could be really exciting on Breeders’ Cup Day.”

Unrivaled Belle on her best behavior

Unrivaled Belle can have her quirky moments, as she did making her way around to the pole under jockey Kent Desormeaux to begin her five- furlong work on Monday. But trainer Bill Mott said his multiple Grade 1-placed filly was actually on what for her was pretty good behavior prior to completing her final serious drill for next Friday’s Ladies’ Classic in 1:00.60.

“She can be a real handful and very difficult at times when she realizes she’s working,” said Mott. “Today she actually galloped pretty well for Kent. He said she was just ready to go out there today, which is a good sign and she seems to be doing really well coming up to this race.”

Unrivaled Belle can even be more difficult in the paddock prior to her races and Mott intends to school her several times prior to Breeders’ Cup next Friday. He also said he would love to see her get that first, elusive Grade 1 win in the Ladies’ Classic.

“About the only thing missing on her r é sum é is that Grade 1 win,” said Mott. “She’s beaten some very good fillies at different times and the one thing you can always count on from her is that she’ll give us a good effort win, lose, or draw, every time. Even though she’s yet to win a Grade 1, she’s never disappointed us ever.”