Updated on 09/16/2011 9:22AM

BC Countdown - Juvenile Fillies: Baffert about to get a line on his fillies


Bob Baffert will be represented in all six major stakes races for juveniles this weekend, which will help determine the makeup of the fields for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile and Juvenile Fillies.

While Baffert already has a Juvenile starter with Vindication - winner of the Kentucky Cup Juvenile - his participation in the Juvenile Fillies will be determined largely by what happens in Friday's $400,000 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland, Saturday's $500,000 Frizette at Belmont, and Sunday's $200,000 Oak Leaf at Santa Anita. All three races are run at 1 1/16 miles.

In the Alcibiades, Baffert sends out Atlantic Ocean, winner of the one-mile Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies. Atlantic Ocean has already won twice around two turns, which is something no other filly in the field can boast. The extra sixteenth of a mile should not hinder her.

"She's improving," Baffert said. "Until these horses go two turns, you can't really judge them. Two turns separates the sprinters from the horses that are crying out for more distance."

Trainer Ken McPeek believes Midnight Cry, the third-place finisher in the Spinaway, wants more distance.

"She relaxes nice and has got a nice long stride," McPeek said. "Two turns is going to be a big deal."

Other contenders in the Alcibiades include Final Round, winner of the Jr. Champion Stakes at Monmouth, and Ruby's Reception, runner-up in the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies.

While Baffert won't find out how Santa Catarina handles two turns in the Frizette - a one-turn 1 1/16-mile race at Belmont - he will learn how she stacks up against division leader Storm Flag Flying, the 12 3/4-length victor of the Matron. Santa Catarina is coming off a tough-luck second in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante.

"I was thinking about the race at Keeneland, but Keeneland can be very biased on the rail and on the lead," Baffert said. "I thought those bigger, wider turns would help her. She's a big filly."

Others pointing to the Frizette are Appleby Gardens, Fabulous Brush, Fircroft, Fortuitous, One and Twenty, and possibly Harford Ghost and Cyber Secret.

Baffert is extremely high on Composure, a Touch Gold filly who won her maiden at Del Mar in her third start and runs in the Oak Leaf. Baffert said Composure trains better at Santa Anita than at Del Mar and he is expecting a big effort Sunday in a compact field that will include Heart ofa Champion, Buffythecenterfold, and Sea Jewel.

"She didn't like Del Mar at all," Baffert said. "She loves Santa Anita - has been training well. I'm hoping she runs like she works."

Trainer Patrick Biancone said Stellar would not run in the Frizette, and instead will train up to the Juvenile Fillies.

* Godolphin Racing, which ran one-two in last year's Juvenile Fillies with Tempera and Imperial Gesture, will not have any runners in either Breeders' Cup race for 2-year-olds. Last year, Godolphin pre-entered four of the 22 horses in the two races.