10/08/2007 11:00PM

With BC preps done, decisions loom

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Tough Tiz's Sis (left) hooks Hystericalady en route to winning the Lady's Secret Sunday at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting.
ARCADIA, Calif. - After Tough Tiz's Sis won the Lady's Secret Stakes at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting on Sunday, trainer Bob Baffert said it would probably take about eight bottles of wine that night to make the filly's owners supplement her to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27.

Baffert and owners Cathy Watson and Paul Weitzman must have had a heck of a party, because on Monday, Baffert said, "We're going to take a serious look at it."

"They're leaving it up to me," Baffert said Monday morning. "I'm taking it seriously. She's really turned the corner in the last month. When I went over her today, it was like she hadn't even run. For the Breeders' Cup, you need the 'now' horse, and she could be it. We're looking at it in a positive way, especially if she continues to do as well as she has coming out of the race."

Tough Tiz's Sis was barely on the radar for the Distaff, but her victory in the Lady's Secret - in which she got a Beyer Speed Figure of 96 - gave her an automatic berth into the Distaff through the Breeders' Cup's 24-race "Win and You're In" program. The title is a bit misleading, because even though race winners are guaranteed a starting spot in their respective races, their owners still must pay entry and starting fees. And in the case of Tough Tiz's Sis, who was not originally nominated to the Breeders' Cup program, her owners must shell out a supplemental fee of $180,000 to run.

The "Win and You're In" series was completed this past weekend with nine races at three tracks - Santa Anita, Keeneland, and Belmont Park. All told, of the 24 "Win and You're In" race winners, 12 are definite to run, seven are possible, and five are out.

The definites are Curlin, Lawyer Ron, and Tiago for the Classic; Ginger Punch and Unbridled Belle for the Distaff; Sprint runners Fabulous Strike, Greg's Gold, and Idiot Proof; War Pass and Wicked Style in the Juvenile; Purim in the Mile; and English Channel in the Turf.

Possible are My Typhoon, Royal Highness, and Vacare (who qualified for the Filly and Mare Turf); Student Council (Classic); Shamdinan (Turf); and Distaff qualifiers Panty Raid and Tough Tiz's Sis.

Those who will not run are Diabolical and Off Duty (Sprint); Crossing the Line and Out of Control (Mile); and Jambalaya (Turf).

Idiot Proof got a Beyer Speed Figure of 101 for his victory over Greg's Gold in the Ancient Title on Sunday at Santa Anita. Trainer Cliff Sise said Idiot Proof came out of the race well and would head to Monmouth Park about five days before the Breeders' Cup.

"He's already won on the track, so he doesn't need to train on it," Sise said Monday. "He loves that dirt track. My only worry is bringing him back in 20 days. It's tough. I wish the Ancient Title wasn't so close to the Breeders' Cup."

Greg's Gold was "good and fresh this morning," trainer David Hofmans said Monday. Hofmans said he wanted Greg's Gold to travel to Monmouth on Oct. 18 or 19.

Also at Santa Anita on Sunday, Out of Control got a Beyer of 101 for his win in the Oak Tree Mile. Trainer Bobby Frankel said the Breeders' Cup Mile would be "a little too much right now" for the Brazilian import, who celebrated his actual fourth birthday late last week.

"He's been at a disadvantage all year with his age," Frankel said. "I might put him away for the rest of the year. Maybe next year he'll be another Leroidesanimaux."

At Keeneland last weekend, Vacare got a 104 Beyer for her victory in the First Lady; Purim got the same figure in the Shadwell Mile; Off Duty received a 96 in the Phoenix; Panty Raid got a 94 in the Spinster; and Wicked Style got an 86 for his victory in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity.

Off Duty, according to trainer Lynn Whiting, will not be supplemented to the Sprint, which would have cost $180,000. Of the other four Keeneland winners, only Wicked Style is certain to run in the Breeders' Cup. His trainer, Rusty Arnold, said he would remain at Keeneland to train until the week of the Breeders' Cup.

Todd Pletcher, the trainer of Panty Raid, was not sure if she would run, or what race she would run in.

"The filly will tell us if she wants to come back in 20 days," Pletcher said. "The other question is what surface to run on because she would fit in either the Filly and Mare Turf or the Distaff."

At Belmont Park, War Pass received a 103 Beyer for his victory in the Champagne, which gave trainer Nick Zito five wins in that historic race.

Zito has passed the Breeders' Cup with two of his previous four Champagne winners, but said War Pass was going to Monmouth in hopes of winning a championship. Zito said the tendency of Monmouth to favor speed horses should also benefit War Pass.

"With the amount of money in front of him, it's a tremendous risk not to run," Zito said Monday by phone from Saratoga. "In an ideal situation, you wish you'd have at least a month. But with his style of running and Monmouth Park . . . he's not just speedy, he's good, too."

War Pass vanned from Belmont to Saratoga on Monday morning and will train there for the Juvenile.

Bill Mott, trainer of Champagne favorite Majestic Warrior, said he could not find anything wrong with the colt following his sixth-place finish and that no decision on the Breeders' Cup would be made until after he resumes training.

"It'd be foolish to say anything until the horse breezes," Mott said.

There were two preps last weekend for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. At Belmont, Indian Blessing got a Beyer of 87 in the Frizette, and at Keeneland, Country Star recorded an 83 in the Alcibiades. Both are scheduled to run in the Breeders' Cup.

Also heading to the Breeders' Cup is Dylan Thomas, who won the Arc de Triomphe on Sunday at Longchamp and will race in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

At the Meadowlands on Friday night, Diamond Stripes got a Beyer of 105 in the Meadowlands Cup, which he was using as a prep for the inaugural Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on Oct. 26.

Nobiz Like Shobiz, who got a 102 Beyer in the Jamaica Handicap on Saturday at Belmont, is almost certain to head to next month's Hollywood Derby, though trainer Barclay Tagg said there is a slight possibility he would consider the Breeders' Cup Mile.

Artiste Royal, who got a 104 in the Clement Hirsch Memorial Turf Championship on Saturday at Santa Anita, will go to next month's Japan Cup if he is invited, trainer Neil Drysdale said.

- additional reporting

by David Grening, Marty McGee, and Mike Welsch