10/21/2007 11:00PM

Bel Air Beauty will stay on turf for Mrs. Revere

EmailThere is no doubt that Bel Air Beauty is a special filly at Keeneland. Winner of the Grade 2 Alcibiades over the track's Polytrack surface last year, she returned to Keeneland to take last Friday's Grade 3 Valley View Stakes over the turf course.

Next month, she will likely get a chance to prove she is not a one-racetrack specialist. Trainer Frank Brothers said Monday that if Bel Air Beauty trains well in the coming weeks, she would be pointed toward the Nov. 10 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs, a Grade 2, 1 1/16-mile grass race for 3-year-old fillies.

"There's not too many more races to keep them with their own kind," Brothers said. "If for some reason it came off [the turf], we could look at the Cardinal," a Grade 3 race for fillies and mares that is run Nov. 17 at Churchill.

Bel Air Beauty, owned by Bruce Lunsford, was brilliant in the Valley View, her first win in more than a year, scoring by 2 1/2 lengths despite racing four to five paths off the inside from start to finish. She earned a career-best 93 Beyer Speed Figure, just off the 95 Beyer that Bit of Whimsy, one of the leaders of the 3-year-old filly turf division, posted for winning the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup a week earlier at Keeneland.

Brothers said he had been pleased with Bel Air Beauty's two races that preceded the Valley View. Her only poor effort of the year, he said, came when she returned from a layoff at Churchill Downs in mid-June and she faded to seventh in a mile dirt race after being overeager early.

Following that race and preceding the Valley View, she ran second in the Audubon Oaks at Ellis Park, and third behind Dreaming of Anna in the Grade 3 Pucker Up at Arlington.

Big day for Augustin Stable

Charismatic will always rank as one of the most talented horses that raced for a price and went unclaimed. He was risked for $62,500 tag in mid-February of 1999, and three months later won the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness.

Omeya doesn't fall into the same class as Charismatic - not by a long shot - but she, too, is one that slipped past claiming horsemen. Sunday, she won the $150,000 Dowager Stakes, after twice being risked for $50,000 in optional claiming races at Saratoga and Delaware Park in her prior starts.

Chilean-bred Omeya, who ran second at Saratoga and fourth at Delaware in shorter turf races, relished being stretched out in distance for the Dowager.

"She likes the mile and a half, obviously," said Barry Wiseman, assistant to trainer Jonathan Sheppard.

Omeya's victory in the Dowager capped an unforgettable day for her owner, George Strawbridge, who races under the name of Augustin Stable. Two races earlier on the card, Strawbridge and Sheppard won a $58,000 allowance with Royal Pleasure.

Strawbridge also won two stakes at Longchamp in France on Sunday, taking the Group 2 Prix Du Conseil De Paris with Montare and the listed Prix Casimir Delamarre with Snow Key.

Favorites blanked in stakes

Stakes races at Keeneland this meet have not been kind to bettors backing the chalk. Favorites are 0 for 18 in stakes, although eight have finished second.

There is just one more chance for stakes favorites to avoid being blanked for the meet - Saturday's Grade 3 Fayette.

Overall this meet, favorites are winning at a 15 percent clip on turf and at a 29 percent rate on Polytrack.

Jockey race remains tight

With four days of the fall meet remaining, several meet titles remain up for grabs.

Rafael Bejarano leads Julien Leparoux by a single victory, having ridden 15 winners from 67 mounts, compared with Leparoux's 14 winners from 100 mounts. Robby Albarado (11), Jamie Theriot (10) and Shaun Bridgmohan (10) round out the top five.

Bill Mott, who won the Saratoga training title this summer, leads the trainer standings with 8 wins from 35 starters, and is followed by Todd Pletcher with 6 wins from 23 starters. Ken McPeek and Steven Asmussen have five winners apiece.

Overbrook Farm is the leading owner with four winners. Five other owners have three victories.

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