09/16/2007 11:00PM

BC Juvenile Turf next target for Prussian

EmailETOBICOKE, Ontario - The Woodbine Mile was not the only race here Sunday to produce potential candidates for the Breeders' Cup at Monmouth Park.

Prussian, winner of the Grade 3 Summer at one mile on turf, is pointing for the $1 million Juvenile Turf, a 1 1/16-mile race that will be one of three new Breeders' Cup events contested on Oct. 26.

Owned by Gary Knapp's Monticule LLC and trained by Bill Mott, Prussian was making his second start in the $251,600 Summer after winning his maiden by 6 3/4 lengths at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Saratoga.

"As I maybe suspected, he was a little bit anxious at the beginning," said Mott, after watching Prussian score by 1 1/4 lengths in the Summer. "He broke very well last time, and he did here as well. Consequently, he was right up with the pace. He jumped into the bit a little bit. But at the quarter pole, he finally relaxed."

Last year's Summer produced a Breeders' Cup winner, as Dreaming of Anna defeated males here and took the Juvenile Fillies in her next start at Churchill Downs.

That fact was not lost upon Mott, who had sent out Marcavelly, the runner-up to Dreaming of Anna, in the Summer.

Prussian, in fact, was the sixth starter and first winner in the Summer for Mott, who also sent out second-place finishers Miesque's Approval in 2001 and King Cugat in 1999.

Miesque's Approval won the Breeders' Cup Mile in 2006 for trainer Marty Wolfson, while King Cugat went on to win three Grade 2 stakes and finish second in five Grade 1's for Mott.

Prussian, under returning rider Kent Desormeaux, earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 89, an eight-point improvement over his debut.

Briarwood Circle was second in the Summer under regular rider Patrick Husbands after winning the off-the-turf prep here on the Polytrack surface and currently is not under consideration for the Juvenile Turf.

"I was very happy with him." said trainer Mark Casse. "The opportunity was there, and we had to take it. But, Patrick and I feel he's a little better on Polytrack."

Briarwood Circle should make his next start in either the Grade 1 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at 1 1/16 miles at Keeneland on Oct. 6 or the Grade 3 Grey at the same distance here Oct. 8.

Your Round, who had shipped in from Kentucky and was a late-running third when making his second career start for trainer Mark Hubley, will be keeping tabs on the Juvenile Turf.

Essential Edge will consider E.P. Taylor

Essential Edge has no Breeders' Cup aspirations, but her connections were more than satisfied with her front-running win in the Gradeo2, $341,600 Canadian.

"It looked like the speed was us," said Eric Coatrieux, who trains Essential Edge. "But it seems like every time you run in a big race like this, someone goes with you.

"On the turn I thought she was going to hang on, but deep in the stretch I wasn't so sure. She was extremely game."

Bred in Ontario by her owners, Chiefswood Stable, the 4-year-old Essential Edge recorded her first graded-stakes score in the Canadian, and her neck victory in the 1 1/8-mile turf race produced a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 100.

"It's nice to get a win like this for her," said Coatrieux. "She's by Storm Cat, so it means a lot."

The Canadian was Essential Edge's first win going as far as 1 1/16 miles, and while Coatrieux is not committing to anything, he will at least nominate the filly to the Grade 1, $1omillion E.P. Taylor Stakes at 1 1/4 miles on turf here Oct. 21.

Jono Jones, who rode Essential Edge, has won six stakes at the meeting, all on the grass. The Canadian was his second of the weekend after scoring with Siwa in Saturday's La Prevoyante.

Sealy Hill, owned by Melnyk Racing Stables, was the runner-up in the Canadian when facing older fillies and mares for the first time.

"I thought she ran a great race, considering how the circumstances came up," said Casse.

Sealy Hill is scheduled to make her next appearance in either the E.P. Taylor or the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, a 1o1/8-mile turf race at Keeneland on Oct. 13.