Updated on 09/16/2011 8:31AM

BC Countdown - Mile: Frankel's grass stars have final serious preps


As with every Breeders' Cup race, a handful of final workouts were posted by BC Mile candidates Monday while their trainers made final arrangements for impending travel to Chicago.

Foremost among the Mile workers Monday were Beat Hollow and Aldebaran, the Bobby Frankel duo who are among the contenders for the $1 million race. Both colts worked on the dirt at Belmont Park, with Aldebaran going five furlongs in 1:01.42 while in company with BC Turf prospect Denon. Beat Hollow worked a half-mile in 48.96 seconds.

Both horses were scheduled to travel Monday. In fact, Frankel worked all seven of his BC starters Monday before putting them on a Chicago-bound charter plane. "No one looked better than the other because they all went perfect," said Frankel, who won his first Breeders' Cup race with Squirtle Squirt in the 2001 Sprint.

In other Monday works, Del Mar Show breezed a half-mile in 48.69 seconds at the Belmont training track; Green Fee went five furlongs in 1:02.68 over a soft Belmont turf; and Touch of the Blues breezed a half-mile in 51 seconds over a yielding Keeneland turf.

Touch of the Blues, trained by Neil Drysdale, is scheduled to van Wednesday to Chicago.

Gossamer, a 3-year-old filly trained by Luca Cumani, and Medecis, a 3-year-old colt trained by Criquette Head-Maarek, arrived Sunday from England. Gossamer, winner of the Irish 1000 Guineas in May, most recently was third behind Rock of Gibraltar in the Prix du Moulin in France, while Medecis has been first or second in five of six starts this year, all in France.

Another 3-year-old filly, Dress to Thrill, was scheduled to arrive Tuesday night from Ireland, as was Landseer, who returned to Aidan O'Brien's stable shortly after winning the Oct. 6 Shadwell Mile at Keeneland. Domedriver, winner of the Group 1 Daniel Wildenstein on the Arc de Triomphe undercard for trainer Pascal Bary, was due to arrive Monday night.

Unless a major surprise is in store for Wednesday morning, when entries will be drawn for all eight BC events, it still appears that three of the 14 pre-entered horses in the main body will take a pass in favor of a different BC race. The group of probable defectors is headed by Rock of Gibraltar, the European superstar who will most likely run in the Classic. The others likely to opt out are Hawk Wing (Classic) and The Tin Man (Turf).

Those moves would most likely allow the respective three-four-five horses on the alternates list to make the race, since the first two alternates, Volponi (Classic) and Zenda (Filly and Mare Turf), also are expected to go in a different BC race. The horses likely to draw in are Nuclear Debate, Dress to Thrill, and Green Fee.

Meanwhile, trainer Bill Mott, who has had at least one BC starter every year since 1986, confirmed Del Mar Show as definite for the Mile, naming Pat Valenzuela as a rider. Mott and Valenzuela teamed to win the 1992 BC Turf with Fraise.