10/18/2005 11:00PM

BC Juvenile Fillies: Round 4 for budding rivals


They have only been racing for six months, but Folklore and Adieu have already forged a pretty strong rivalry. The fourth meeting of their careers will be the focus of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Belmont Park on Oct. 29.

Adieu and Folklore were two of 14 pre-entered for the Juvenile Fillies, a race that should determine the divisional champion. Adieu holds a 2-1 edge over Folklore, having beaten her in the Astoria and Grade 2 Spinaway. Folklore handed Adieu her only defeat in the Grade 2 Adirondack on opening day at Saratoga.

Each solidified their credentials for the Juvenile Fillies with strong performances in New York's two most recent preps. Folklore romped to a 14-length victory in the Grade 2 Matron over this track Sept. 17. Adieu, meanwhile, showed the ability to handle an off track - and one mile - when she won the Grade 1 Frizette here Oct. 8.

Adding intrigue to the rivalry is the relationship between their trainers. Folklore is trained by D. Wayne Lukas, the Hall of Fame trainer who has won 17 Breeders' Cup races, including the Juvenile Fillies four times. Adieu is trained by Todd Pletcher, Lukas's most accomplished former assistant, who has already won more than 1,300 races since going out on his own in 1996.

"Folklore obviously ran a monster race last time," Pletcher said. "If she runs that kind of race we got to step it up a notch. If she runs to her prior races and we run to ours it's going to be pretty close."

The last two winners of the Juvenile Fillies were based in Southern California. This year's Southern California contingent consists of Oak Leaf winner Diamond Omi and Del Mar Debutante winner Wild Fit. Diamond Omi, trained by Bob Baffert, is a half-sister to 1996 Juvenile Fillies winner Storm Song.

Diamond Omi has won her last two since being stretched out around two turns. At Belmont, the Juvenile Fillies is a one-turn 1 1/16-mile race.

One turn could be an advantage to Original Spin, who won the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Lassie, a one-turn mile race. Jerry Bailey has picked up the mount on Original Spin.

Other contenders in the Juvenile Fillies include stakes winners Sensation, Knights Templar, and She Says It Best and Frizette runner-up Along the Sea.

Two maidens were pre-entered in the Juvenile Fillies, including Ann Summers Gold, a European-based horse, and Dressed to Kill, who is winless in three turf starts. Ex Caelis, Keeneland Kat, and Miss Norman complete the list of pre-entries.