Updated on 09/16/2011 9:29AM

BC Countdown - Juvenile Fillies: Three trainers out to revive the old glory


Trainers Shug McGaughey, Bob Baffert, and Mel Stute will try to rekindle the success of Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies past next Saturday at Arlington Park.

McGaughey, who won the 1995 Juvenile Fillies with My Flag; Baffert, who won in 1998 with Silverbulletday; and Stute, who saddled Brave Raj to victory in 1986, pre-entered five of the 12 2-year-olds for the Juvenile Fillies.

McGaughey will send out probable favorite Storm Flag Flying, a daughter out of My Flag who is the undefeated winner of the Matron and Frizette. For McGaughey, it is the first time in seven years he has come to the Breeders' Cup with a contender.

"I'm excited about it," said McGaughey, whose seven wins rank him second all-time in the Cup. "It's been since '95 since we've done any good in it. I'm looking forward to it."

Baffert figures to have the second and third choices in Santa Catarina and Composure, both owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis. Baffert also pre-entered Atlantic Ocean, the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies winner, owned by The Thoroughbred Corp.

Santa Catarina finished second behind Storm Flag Flying in the Frizette. while Composure is coming off a three-length victory in the Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita.

Jerry Bailey, who had Santa Catarina on the lead in the Frizette, believes his filly might have a better chance by coming from off the pace. Still, Bailey said the key to the race is Storm Flag Flying.

"The question is does she have one more improvement left?" Bailey said. "If she regresses a little and my horse improves, we have a chance. If she keeps improving, I think we're in trouble."

Stute, who has not participated in the Juvenile Fillies since 1988, has pre-entered Buffythecenterfold, the runner-up in the Oak Leaf.

Westerly Breeze and Ruby's Reception, the one-two finishers from the Alcibiades; Ivanavinalot, the multiple-stakes winning Florida-bred; Sea Jewel, third in the Oak Leaf; and Reach for the Moon, from the powerful Aidan O'Brien barn, were also pre-entered.

The only surprise entrant in the Juvenile Fillies was Humorous Lady, winner of Sunday's Grade 2 Astarita Stakes at Belmont. Not only must she run back in less than two weeks, she must go from 6 1/2 furlongs to 1 1/8 miles.

"We're going to take a shot and see what happens," trainer Michael Smith said. "Because she lost so much time, I'm not sure she was ready to do what she did. That race has got to be worth quite a few works."

Humorous Lady remained in New York following her Astarita win and will gallop up to the race. She will leave for Chicago on Thursday.

* Trainer Patrick Biancone said Stellar, whom he shipped to Chicago for the Juvenile Fillies, has been stiff behind and was not pre-entered.