05/07/2007 11:00PM

Biancone eyeing Churchill


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Patrick Biancone has made the Keeneland spring and fall meets his main objectives since shifting his primary base of operations to Kentucky. While Biancone has topped the Keeneland standings at each of the past two meets, he hasn't placed nearly as much emphasis on racing at Churchill Downs.

But having amassed 76 horses at Keeneland, easily his highest total ever, Biancone said Tuesday that he cannot help but be fairly active this spring at Churchill, where the meet runs through July 8. When Churchill ends, Biancone will split his active runners between Del Mar and Saratoga.

"We just got some more 2-year-olds in," he said. "I have quite a few horses to run at Churchill."

As for some of his top horses, Biancone said Asi Siempre, narrowly beaten in the Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap on Friday, will run next in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis on June 15 at Churchill, "then the Delaware Handicap after that."

Danzon, third versus males in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Derby Day, probably will race once more while being pointed to the Aug. 11 Beverly D., the Arlington Park fixture that Biancone won last year with Gorella.

Upcoming Story, third in the La Troienne Stakes in just her third career start, will run next in the Dogwood Stakes on June 2 at Churchill.

Biancone said he will have at least one starter for Preakness weekend at Pimlico: Cosmonaut in the Dixie Handicap.

* Neil Howard said Brilliant, beaten a nose by Canadian champion Sky Conqueror in the Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Saturday, may get a rematch by running in the Grade 3, $150,000 Connaught Cup. The 1 1/16-mile race will be run May 27 at Woodbine, where Sky Conqueror is based with trainer Darwin Banach.

* Take a Ribbon, winner of the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile after a layoff of almost seven months, probably will run next in the June 15 Early Times Mint Julep, trainer Wally Dollase said. "The long rest really paid off," he said.

* Trainer Dallas Stewart said he probably will look for an allowance race for Lemons Forever, the 4-year-old filly who incurred her seventh straight defeat since her 47-1 upset in the 2006 Kentucky Oaks when she finished sixth and last in the Louisville BC.

"I thought she ran okay, considering the mud and everything," Stewart said. "We've got to give her a few more chances."

* High Heels, third behind Rags to Riches and Octave in the Kentucky Oaks, may be switched to the turf for her next start, trainer Gary Hartlage said. "I'll work her on the grass, and if she seems to like it, we'll point to the Regret" on June 15 at Churchill, he said.

* Dawn After Dawn, fourth at 34-1 in the Oaks, will remain at Churchill for the duration of the meet with trainer Wes Hawley. "We're leaning toward the Regret, but we'll also look at the Iowa Oaks or maybe even an allowance on the grass," Hawley said.

* Trainer Helen Pitts said she might try to run Silverinyourpocket in the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes on May 18 at Pimlico but wants to talk first with Calvin Borel, who rode the filly in her La Troienne Stakes win Saturday. "We might stretch her out in the Black-Eyed Susan, or just wait for the Dogwood," Pitts said.

Pitts said Einstein, seventh as the favorite in the Woodford Reserve, exited with a mild case of pharyngitis but was being treated with antibiotics and would not miss any training.

"The Dixie [on May 19 at Pimlico] is an outside possibility," she said. "He's going to be fine, I think."

* Trainer Murray Johnson said Perfect Drift, fourth in the Alysheba, may be pointed next to the June 15 Stephen Foster, "but we haven't really decided. The race didn't seem to do him any harm."

* Duveen, winner of the Crown Royal American Turf, probably will make his next start in the June 15 Jefferson Cup, trainer Dale Romans said.

* Kenny McCarthy, assistant to Bill Mott, said Tuesday he was unsure whether Quite a Bride, beaten by a nose in the Churchill Distaff Turf Mile, and Marcavelly, fourth as the favorite in the Crown Royal, would stay in Kentucky or move to New York with Mott's main string. "Bill hasn't said yet," McCarthy said.

* Chad Brown, assistant to Bobby Frankel, also said no decision has been made about where two of the best horses, Saint Anddan and Ginger Punch, in their 20-horse string at Churchill will race next. Saint Anddan won the Churchill Downs Handicap on Saturday, and Ginger Punch easily won the Saturday opener, a second-level allowance for fillies and mares.

* Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen, said Rated Fiesty, winner of the Kentucky Breeders' Cup Stakes last Thursday, may have to wait until the July 7 Debutante Stakes at Churchill for her next race. "I'd love to have somewhere to run her," Blasi said. "She got a 102 Beyer. You don't see many babies with that big a number."

* The Thursday feature at Churchill is a first-level allowance for 3-year-old fillies at a mile on the main track. Carded as the eighth of nine races, the $50,000 feature drew a field of nine, with Awesome Ashley the likely favorite. Rafael Bejarano has the call on Awesome Ashley from trainer Todd Pletcher.