11/01/2007 11:00PM

Biancone's horses being relocated

EmailLOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority has received official notification from legal representatives of Patrick Biancone in regard to how the suspended trainer's large stable of horses is being dispersed to various other trainers and farms.

From a list of 52 horses, 21 are being sent to private farms to be bred, sold, rested, or retired. Of the remaining 31 horses, it was announced earlier this week that Jenine Sahadi will assume the training of 12, based in Southern California, including Trick's Pic, Strike Out, and Time Squared.

The remaining 19 horses - a roster that includes seven that were entered in the Oct. 26-27 Breeders' Cup at Monmouth Park - are going to a wide assortment of mostly high-profile trainers, including Todd Pletcher, Bob Baffert, Steve Asmussen, and Bill Mott. In all, the 19 horses are being dispersed among 12 different trainers.

Last month, Biancone agreed with the racing authority to a suspension of one year for medication violations in Kentucky, including the finding of cobra venom in his barn at Keeneland. One of the stipulations in the complex agreement was that, as of Thursday, no one with previous familial, financial, or employment ties can train the Biancone horses.

Francois Parisel, a Biancone assistant, briefly was listed as trainer of the stable, including at the Breeders' Cup, where he was trainer of record for Nownownow, winner of the inaugural Juvenile Turf, and six other scheduled starters.

Nownownow is one of 12 horses being sent to the care of his owner, Fab Oak Farm, which is owned by Fabien Ouaki, a childhood friend of Biancone's from France. Fab Oak actually is a racing stable only and has no major base of operations but boards its horses at various farms. Three other Breeders' Cup starters also are going to the care of Fab Oak: Baroness Thatcher (fourth, Filly and Mare Sprint), Danzon (10th, Filly and Mare Turf), and Irish Smoke (12th, Juvenile Fillies).

Two other Biancone-trained BC horses are being sent to new trainers - Cosmonaut (third, Mile) is going to Carlos Martin in New York, and Slew's Tiznow (scratched from the Juvenile) is going to Greg Fox in Kentucky. La Traviata (sixth, Filly and Mare Sprint) is going to Ashford Stud.

New Over/Under bet starts slowly

A new wager introduced Friday at Churchill, the Over/Under, got off to a slow start when a combined total of just $4,582, or an average of $1,527, was wagered into the first three pools. Moreover, one of the payoffs for a $2 wager was just $2.10, hardly the type of bet that will encourage spirited wagering.

The Over/Under requires bettors to determine whether the combined saddlecloth numbers of the top three horses in a race will be over, under, or equal to a pre-set number, which is calculated in advance and differs for each race. The three potential winning options are determined through normal parimutuel means with a 16 percent takeout, and the pre-set number only takes into account the number of horses in the field and not which horses will be favored.

Because the Over/Under is not offered on races with fewer than six starters, with coupled entries, or with also-eligible entries, there were only four races eligible for the Over/Under on a 10-race Friday card: the first, second, third, and eighth races.

In the first race, the pre-set number was 14, so when the top three finishers were Girl From Seattle (No. 1), Chief Mena (2), and Donali (4), the winning option was "under," which paid $3.40 for a $2 wager. The second race (1-3-6), which went under 20, was the one that paid $2.10 (but did not create a minus pool), and the third (4-3-8) went over 14, paying $2.40.

The first-race handle was $1,389, with all but $12 wagered at Churchill. Officials said they are hopeful that handle will increase as awareness of the wager's existence increases.

Carroll's quarantined runners work

Churchill has been permitting special training sessions each day for trainer David Carroll, whose stable has been quarantined since Oct. 26 after one of his horses tested positive for the equine herpesvirus.

Since Wednesday, there has been enough daylight following the races for Carroll to train most of his 19-horse Churchill stable. Follow-up tests for the Carroll horses are scheduled for Tuesday morning, and if every horses tests negative for the virus again, the quarantine could be lifted by that night, said Carroll.

The horse that tested positive was immediately removed from the grounds and is expected to make a full recovery, said Carroll.

Storm Marcopolo fails as favorite

While the star Argentine import Storm Marcopolo was having a seven-race win streak snapped, the Thursday feature at Churchill was won by Stormin Baghdad, ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan.

Stormin Baghdad, trained by Steve Asmussen, returned $8.60 as second choice in a field of eight in the $55,000 allowance at six furlongs. Storm Marcopolo, the 8-5 favorite in his North American debut, made the early lead before fading to sixth.

Bridgmohan rode two other winners on the card.

Nafzger honored by owners

Carl Nafzger has been named the recipient of the annual Warner L. Jones Jr. Horseman of the Year Award, which will be presented by the Kentucky Thoroughbred Owners on Nov. 10, at the organization's yearly awards dinner.

Nafzger, 66, is being recognized for his overall contributions to racing, including his work as the trainer of 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense. Tickets are $125 and are available by calling (502) 458-5820.

Teuflesberg nicely on the mend

Nearly a month after incurring a career-ending injury at Keeneland, Teuflesberg continues to recuperate from surgery and is expected to be able to stand at stud next year, according to a spokesman for the owners, Jamie LaMonica.

Teuflesberg suffered fractured sesamoids in his left foreleg in the Oct. 6 Phoenix Stakes.

* Churchill will conduct live racing on election day, Tuesday.