10/10/2007 12:00AM

BC Distaff: Jerkens seeks first Cup win

EmailWhile there is no clear-cut betting favorite for this year's $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff, there is little doubt who the sentimental choice will be.

Teammate earned a shot in the Distaff with a good third-place finish in Sunday's Spinster Stakes at Keeneland. She will try to give Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens his first Breeders' Cup victory. At 78, Jerkens could become the oldest trainer to win a Breeders' Cup race, surpassing Phil Johnson, who at 77 won the 2002 Classic with Volponi. Jerkens is 0 for 10 in the Breeders' Cup series.

"It would be nice," Jerkens said about a potential Breeders' Cup victory.

Jerkens was extremely pleased with Teammate's race in the Spinster. She raced in eighth position early before rallying to be third, beaten one length by Panty Raid.

"I thought it was great, I was very happy with it," Jerkens said. "To be hemmed in and come through the crowd like that, I thought it was very good."

Teammate ran in the Spinster only after she missed some training time and a start in the Beldame a week earlier due to an ankle injury.

Teammate, winner of the Grade 2 Shuvee in May, is one of 12 fillies or mares expected to be pre-entered Monday for the Distaff. Alphabetically, the list will likely include Balance, Bear Now, Ginger Punch, Hystericalady, Indian Vale, Lady Joanne, Lear's Princess, Octave, Panty Raid, Teammate, Tough Tiz's Sis, and Unbridled Belle.

Trainer Todd Pletcher said Panty Raid would be pre-entered in both the Distaff and Filly and Mare Turf. Glencrest Farm, owner of Panty Raid, also own Filly and Mare Turf contender Honey Ryder.

Trainer Bobby Frankel said Wednesday he didn't know if Ginger Punch would be supplemented to the Distaff for a fee of $180,000.

"She's acting fine, there's nothing wrong with her, I just want to make sure I'm doing the right thing by her," he said.

Tough Tiz's Sis, winner of Sunday's Lady's Secret, must also be supplemented for a fee of $180,000. Trainer Bob Baffert said Wednesday, "We're looking at it real close right now."

Patrick Biancone said Wednesday that Asi Siempre has been retired and that Danzon, winner of the Grade 3 Kentucky Cup Distaff over Turfway Park's Polytrack, would be pre-entered for the Filly and Mare Turf.