10/27/2005 11:00PM

BC Filly and Mare Turf analysis


WEND returned to form with a fast-closing second in the one-mile, Grade 2 WinStar Galaxy, and returns to conditions of her last win (1 1/4 miles at Belmont). She has tactical speed, she can finish, and can score a mild upset in a relatively weak Filly and Mare Turf. KAREN'S CAPER had a tough trip finishing second in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup for 3-year-old fillies. Blocked into the lane, she had wait for room, finally angled out, and finished super. A top-class European, she may play spoiler despite being unproven vs. older, and never having raced 10 furlongs. One final caveat - soft ground reportedly does her no favors. WONDER AGAIN is a proven Grade 1-caliber mare who will handle soft; OUIJA BOARD will be favored off year-old form; INTERCONTINENTAL wants no part of 10 furlongs; MEGAHERTZ has been facing weak rivals all year.

- Brad Free

FAVOURABLE TERMS is much better than she showed when she lost the Group 1 Sun Chariot by 23 3/4 lengths. The fact that she is coming over here following that poor effort suggests that her connections expect a much better performance today. Rate her on her best form and she can pull off the upset. OUIJA BOARD won this race last year, but that does not guarantee that her form will be as good this year. I'll see if I can beat her at underlaid odds. LUAS LINE disappointed at Keeneland but will like returning to Belmont. KAREN'S CAPER was stuck behind a slow pace, lacked room, then rallied to just miss at Keeneland. She will be a factor in the exotics.

- Steve Klein

Either you're with OUIJA BOARD or you're against her. I'm against her. Admittedly, her victory in the Princess Royal Stakes on Sept. 24 at Newmarket was just the tonic for what ailed her, but that prolonged game of catch-up could very well catch up to her today, considering this looks like a substantially better group than what she topped in last year's Breeders' Cup. If she does happen to pull a rare BC double, well, more power to her and her connections. I'm going with WONDER AGAIN, who is 11-4-3-2 at Belmont while turning in some powerhouse efforts. Her second-place finish by a head in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl sure seems to signal her readiness for another blockbuster. A couple of Euros loom pricey spoilers: LUAS LINE, who may have moved a bit too quick in a highly useful QEII, and MONA LISA, who has the European trainer Aidan O'Brien in her corner.

- Marty McGee

WONDER AGAIN ran great when third in this race last year, rallying from far back into a very slow pace, and turned in her best performance since then most recently when a narrowly beaten second in the Flower Bowl. She loves Belmont, will get the give in the ground she craves, and is taken to go out a winner. FILM MAKER was second in this race last year, and has been steady this season while lacking ideal pace set-ups. OUIJA BOARD won this race last year at 4-5, but was not overwhelming in doing so. There are serious questions as to whether she is as good or sharp this year. WEND stretches back out to a more suitable distance off an improved second, and she beat the pick at this distance over this course last July.

- Mike Watchmaker