Updated on 09/18/2011 2:28AM

Barn misses Pine Island


OZONE PARK, N.Y. - As he watched Pine Island on the track moments before the start of Saturday's Breeders' Cup Distaff at Churchill Downs, trainer Shug McGaughey couldn't help but feel good about his filly's chances in the race.

"I watched her warm up on that Jumbotron," McGaughey said Monday morning outside his Belmont Park barn. "I thought 'God almighty, look how good she's warming up.' "

Moments later, McGaughey watched in disbelief as Pine Island took a bad step at the six-furlong pole, hurling jockey Javier Castellano over her head and falling hard to the dirt. Pine Island suffered such a badly broken left front ankle that she had to be euthanized after being vanned off the track.

"It's terrible for that to happen on a Wednesday afternoon at Aqueduct, but with all the excitement of the day and the excitement leading into it, and for it to happen in front of that kind of audience, it's just a shame," McGaughey said. "I think I'm kind of hardened to the fact of it because I know what's at stake, but I feel sorry for the people around here."

McGaughey was referring to Pine Island's exercise rider Lena Lorieul, groom Benjamin Maladonado, and assistant trainer Buzz Tenney. McGaughey also said he felt badly for owner Ogden Mills Phipps and his family.

"My hat goes off to them," McGaughey said. "These things aren't deserving to a family that's put as much into the game as they have. They took it with honor and realized that we have to rock on and look for another one."

McGaughey said that his wife, Allison, who attended the races, also took the fatality hard.

"She gets a little closer to them than I'd really like for her to, and when something like this happens it takes a lot for her to get over it," he said. "That's really the hard part, plus losing a horse like that."

Pine Island, a daughter of Arch and Matlacha Pass, won 4 of 7 starts, including the Grade 1 Alabama and Grade 1 Gazelle. She earned $666,800 and will be in the running for champion 3-year-old filly.

"She was a pleasure to be around because she liked doing it and she made very few mistakes, like around the barn," McGaughey said. "She was kind of push-button; if Lena wanted to breeze her in 1:01, she usually went in 1:01. She'd gotten stronger as she went along. She was always a good doer, kept herself well."

McGaughey had an unstarted 2-year-old maiden vanned off the Belmont main track during training hours Monday. McGaughey said he didn't believe that injury to be too serious.

Trainer impressed by Attila's Storm

Trainer Richard Schosberg has a keepsake from Saturday's Breeders' Cup Sprint. It's the bent left-hind shoe worn by Attila's Storm, who finished fifth to the race-winning Thor's Echo, but who Schosberg believes could have easily been second.

Attila's Storm was beaten 4 3/4 lengths, only three-quarters of a length behind runner-up Friendly Island. Nightmare Affair and Bordonaro also finished ahead of Attila's Storm.

Another horse stepped on Attila's Storm, presumably at the eighth pole, Schosberg said, when he was still within two lengths of the lead after running head-and-head with the winner through a half-mile run in 44.40 seconds. In addition to the bent shoe, Attila's Storm also received some cuts on his hock and ankle.

While Thor's Echo had the benefit of being on the rail, Attila's Storm had to get position while coming over from post 13, Schosberg noted.

"It wasn't that far from us being second, and a good second," he said. "It was a great effort on his part. We had a couple of excuses in the race that caused us from having a spectacular finish. He definitely proved he belongs with those sprinters. And, we'd beaten the winner before."

Attila's Storm finished second when Thor's Echo was third in the Grade 1 Malibu last December at Santa Anita.

Schosberg said he will not wheel Attila's Storm back in the Nov. 23 Fall Highweight, a race the colt won last year after finishing fourth in the BC Sprint. Schosberg also ruled out the Grade 1 De Francis Dash at Laurel Park two days later. Schosberg said he would point Attila's Storm to the Grade 3 Gravesend Handicap over Aqueduct's inner track on Dec. 17. Attila's Storm is still seeking his first graded stakes win.

Attila's Storm could be pointed to the Dubai Golden Shaheen at Nad al Sheba Racecourse in Dubai on March 31, Schosberg said. A third try at the BC Sprint next October at Monmouth Park is also on the agenda.

Big pick-six carryover on Wednesday

There will be a $131,345 pick six carryover heading into Wednesday's card, which is highlighted by the $65,000 Rokeby Rose Stakes for

3-year-old fillies that have not won a graded turf stakes.

The Rokeby Rose is carded for 1 1/16 miles on the turf, but forecasted showers could force the race to be moved to the main track, where it would be run as a one-turn mile.

On turf, the Rokeby is wide open. Though it's an open-company race, New York-breds Latitude Forty and Homerette, who finished heads apart in a restricted stakes, appear to be in the best form.

Moya, trained by McGaughey, is a live longshot. She won a first-level allowance at Saratoga two back before finishing a well-beaten fourth in the Pebbles.

Moya ran well in her only start at Aqueduct, finishing second in a maiden race last April.

Somethinaboutbetty, one of three horses to be sent out by trainer Todd Pletcher, is not designated as a main-track-only horse, but she has won two Maryland-bred stakes on off tracks. Daytime Promise, a stakes winner who has not run since May, would appreciate an off track. Better Now won the Grade 3 Tempted, a one-turn mile, last fall at Belmont.