Updated on 09/17/2011 10:21PM

BC Juvenile Fillies: Folklore to keep Lukas's Breeders' Cup streak alive


D. Wayne Lukas has never missed a Breeders' Cup, and it became evident last weekend that the Hall of Fame trainer's streak will remain intact when Belmont Park hosts the 22nd Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 29.

Lukas, the leading trainer in Breeders' Cup history with 17 wins and more than $19 million in purse money won, trains Folklore, who rose to the top of the Juvenile Fillies division with her monster 14-length win in Saturday's Grade 1 Matron Stakes at Belmont Park. Folklore may be Lukas's only Breeders' Cup starter this year, but she will certainly warrant serious consideration after earning a 99 Beyer Speed Figure in the Matron.

Lukas said Wednesday that Folklore will likely train up to the $1 million Juvenile Fillies, though he has yet to consult owners Bob and Beverly Lewis on that plan. The other option would be to run her in the Grade 1 Frizette here on Oct. 8.

"At first blush we'd probably just train up to it," Lukas said Wednesday from Kentucky. "She had the Spinaway and this one fairly close together. After that kind of a performance, my inclination is to wait on her."

Folklore had been first or second in her five previous starts, including a victory in the Grade 2 Adirondack at Saratoga. Her Matron performance, in which she stalked the early pace, was by far her best effort to date.

"I think we might have been over-riding her a bit, asking her too early," Lukas said. "I think she enjoyed the ride that [Edgar] Prado put on her. He sat still, let her put herself into the race. I think she's a true two-turn filly, and at some point we needed to start riding her like a two-turn filly. Even though the Breeders' Cup is one turn, it's still a mile and a sixteenth."

Lukas hopes to get another filly or two to the Breeders' Cup. Ex Caelis, second in the Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Lassie, and Mykindasaint, an undefeated filly who just arrived in Lukas's barn this week, could be candidates for the Frizette, run at Belmont on Oct. 8, or the Darley Alcibiades, run at Keeneland on Oct. 7.

Trainer Bubba Cascio sent Mykindasaint to Lukas because Cascio is sick and not up traveling. Cascio had been pointing Mykindasaint, 3 for 3 in sprints, to the Cowdin at Belmont on Oct. 2.

Meanwhile, Beau Dare, winner of the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies, is unlikely to be pointed to the Breeders' Cup. Trainer Bob Holthus said Beau Dare was not nominated and it would cost $90,000 to supplement her to the race. Holthus said he would probably point Beau Dare to the Alcibiades.

Original Spin, winner of the Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Lassie, will make her next start in either the Juvenile Fillies or the Alcibiades. Trainer Anthony Mitchell said he would not run in both and would consult with Jennifer McCutcheon, the granddaughter of the late Russell Reineman, before making a final decision. McCutcheon oversees Reineman Stable.

Juvenile Fillies Contenders
2-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles. Purse: $1 million.

1AdieuT. Pletcher7-2
Flattered by Matron result, as she beat Folklore in 2 of 3 meetings
2FolkloreD. W. Lukas5-2
With how she dominated Matron, she could be better than Adieu now
3Wild FitJ. Mullins4-1
Emerged as the West's best with a clear-cut win in the Dmr Debutante
4Mystery GirlC. Paasch8-1
Raised her game at Dmr; must show she can run like that elsewhere
5Original SpinA. Mitchell10-1
Liked her professsionalism in her decisive Arl.-Washington Lassie win
6Catch My FancyC. Dollase12-1
Will face tougher next time after winning her first two starts in SoCal
7Lasting AppealT. Pletcher10-1
Eyeing the Frizette right off her impressive debut victory at Belmont
8SensationS. Hough15-1
Ran too well winning her first two to take Spinaway loss at face value
9Keeneland KatK. Breen20-1
Wonder what she beat winning both Mth starts, but was still convincing
10Beau DareR. Holthus15-1
Needs another big win to convince her connections to supplement
The top 10 contenders for each of the eight Breeders' Cup races are ranked by Mike Watchmaker, who set the odds and wrote the comments. Actual Breeders' Cup fields will have up to 14 starters.