05/02/2007 12:00AM

BC Juvenile key race for this Derby


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Talk about a key race. Six of the 14 horses from last year's Breeders' Cup Juvenile, including race winner Street Sense and the second through fifth finishers, were among the 20 horses entered on Wednesday in Saturday's 133rd Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs.

This would be the first time that the first five finishers from a Juvenile would run in the Derby. And if all six from last year's race start, that too would be a Derby record.

The Breeders' Cup Juvenile was first run in 1984. No winner of that race has come back and won the Derby. Of the 22 Juvenile winners preceding Street Sense, only 12 ran in the Derby six months later. Of those 12, only two - Timber Country in 1994, and Chief's Crown in 1984 - finished in the money, both finishing third.

Following Street Sense, in order, at the finish in the Juvenile were Circular Quay, Great Hunter, Scat Daddy, and Stormello. Teuflesberg, ninth in the Juvenile, is the other runner from that race who is in the Derby.

They have won six stakes this year. Street Sense took the Tampa Bay Derby, Circular Quay the Louisiana Derby, Great Hunter the Robert Lewis Stakes, Scat Daddy captured both the Fountain of Youth Stakes and Florida Derby, and Teuflesberg won the Southwest Stakes. Stormello was second, beaten a nose, in the Fountain of Youth.

In the 1987 Derby, five horses were coming out of the Juvenile. Capote, the Juvenile winner, finished 15th in the Derby, but Alysheba, who was third in the Juvenile, and Bet Twice, who was fourth, ran first and second in the Derby.

In addition to Alysheba, two other horses have won the Derby six months after competing in the Juvenile - Spend a Buck, who was third in the 1984 Juvenile, and Sea Hero, who was seventh in 1993.

Piece of Teuflesberg sold

Owner Jeff Singer has purchased a 25 percent interest in Teuflesberg, trainer Jamie Sanders and Singer confirmed Wednesday. Gary Logsdon, Donnie Kelly, and Sanders retain 75 percent ownership of the colt. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

Singer, who has become a high-end purchaser at 2-year-olds in training auctions in recent years, said he followed Teuflesberg since he ran second to Scat Daddy in the Grade 2 Sanford Stakes last summer at Saratoga.

"I'm excited about this," he said.

Teuflesberg, a son of Johannesburg, was bought for $9,000 at the 2005 Fasig-Tipton Kentucky October yearling sale.

Owner works Derby horse herself

Having a trainer gallop his or her own horse prior to the Kentucky Derby is not uncommon. This year both Darrin Miller and Larry Jones have been aboard their Derby starters during training hours.

But rarely, if ever, has an owner of a Kentucky Derby runner exercised his or her horse at Churchill Downs on Derby Week - until Wednesday morning when Felicity Waugh, who owns 25 percent of Storm in May, strapped on her helmet and vest and put the gray son of Tiger Ridge through his paces.

"It was definitely fun. I really enjoyed it," said Waugh who owns Storm in May along with trainer Bill Kaplan and Teresa and David Palmer. "This is the first time I've ever even been to Churchill Downs."

Waugh helped Kaplan select Storm in May at the 2006 Ocala 2-year-old sales. She also is his regular work rider when her schedule permits.

"I've been working for trainer Ralph Ziadie at Calder for 15 years, so the only time I can get on Storm in May is on Sunday, my day off," Waugh said. "And Bill usually tries to schedule his works for Sunday so I can breeze him."

Waugh, 48, said Storm in May has handled the excitement of Derby Week like a pro, even though he's blind in his right eye.

"If I didn't tell any of the other riders he couldn't see out of his right eye, nobody would know," said Waugh. "He might look around a little to get his bearings, but once he's training he's all business - and he really seems to be enjoying all the extra activity around him since we've come to Kentucky.

- additional reporting by Byron King and Mike Welsch