07/18/2008 11:00PM

'Attire' aims for first win on the road


Barcola and Evening Attire headline the return of the $250,000 Greenwood Cup at 1 1/2 miles Saturday at Philadelphia Park.

The Greenwood, named for the track's parent company, had previously been run at this distance on the turf and was abandoned several years ago when interest waned. It is back and on the main track as a Breeders' Cup Challenge Win and You're In stakes.

The winner will receive an automatic berth in the debut of the Breeders' Cup Marathon at 1 1/2 miles at Santa Anita on Oct. 25. This is the first time Philadelphia Park has hosted a Breeders' Cup Challenge race.

The distance poses a potential challenge for every horse in the race, with the exception of Evening Attire, the gray New York-bred 10-year-old gelding who gets away slowly but is still capable of finishing strongly. He closed for second behind loose-on-the-lead Delosvientos in his last two, both at 1 1/2 miles at Belmont Park: an overnight stakes and the Grade 2 Brooklyn Handicap.

Evening Attire has won $2.8 million in a career that includes a Grade 1 victory in the 2002 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont. However, he is winless in

10 starts away from New York. Evening Attire did finish first in the 2003 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs, but was disqualified from first and placed second for interference.

"The whole 0-fer on the road thing bugs me," said trainer Pat Kelly. "He's never done any good on the road, though he did have the one taken away."

Jose Espinoza will be aboard as Evening Attire looks for the elusive road win.

Barcola has enjoyed success when shipping out of town for Belmont-based trainer Mark Hennig.

The contrast in style could not be starker between Evening Attire and Barcola. While Evening Attire takes a long time to find his best gear, Barcola usually shoots right to the front.

He set the pace into the stretch in his latest race, a third-place finish behind Curlin and Einstein in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs.

"We were very, very pleased with his last effort," Hennig said. "It was a very good race. Curlin was obviously a little too strong for him, but he ran well."

Kendrick Carmouche, who guided the

5-year-old to four stakes wins over the last two seasons at Delaware Park, will ride.

Phil the Power comes off the turf for trainer Joe Orseno.

"My horse is a true three-turn horse," Orseno said. "I always said he's a little better on the dirt."

Tony Black, a veteran at Philly Park, will be aboard.

Completing the field are Bureaucratic, Three in the Bag, and Solemn Promise.

- additional reporting by David Grening