Updated on 09/16/2011 9:04AM

Big Score goes for frigid barn


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - With no stakes scheduled on Thursday at Saratoga, a first-level allowance for 2-year-old fillies will be the feature.

The $47,000 allowance, the eighth on a nine-race card, drew seven fillies, including an Steve Asmussen-trained entry, Big Score and Spinning Wind. But on Tuesday morning, Asmussen's assistant, Scott Blasi, said Spinning Wind would be scratched from the six-furlong race because she had an elevated temperature and left behind some food in her feed tub.

Asmussen, who has struggled at this meet with no winners from 15 starters through Monday's card, looks like he has a good filly in Big Score, a daughter of Grand Slam.

Big Score, owned by Jack Grunwald, won her debut at Churchill Downs on June 2 by six lengths. Her final time of 51.18 seconds for the 4 1/2-furlong race was .18 second off Chilukki's track record of 51.00. Big Score hasn't run since and Blasi said that was by design.

"She's dainty, but she's got a big engine," Blasi said. "Steve thinks so much of her - and because she's not very big, - he wanted to let her mature a bit. He's looking down the road with her."

Asmussen recently had a falling out with his regular stable rider, Donnie Meche, so Jerry Bailey picks up the mount on Big Score. Asmussen's filly, who has been working well at Saratoga, drew the rail.

Another contender, La Violette, comes from the powerful barn of Todd Pletcher. La Violette, a daughter of Coronado's Quest, hasn't raced since finishing fifth in the Fashion Stakes at Belmont Park on June 6. Before the Fashion, La Violette won her debut by 7 3/4 lengths in May.

"She came out of her last race with a wrenched ankle," Pletcher said. "The X-rays were clear and the ultra-sound was good. She just needed some time. I'd say she's 90 percent ready. She's a filly that carries a bit of conditioning. Hopefully, we've done enough to have her ready."

John Velazquez rides La Violette, who drew post 6 and has early speed.

Catbird Creek, a granddaughter of Storm Cat, won a maiden race in her second start by three lengths at Belmont on June 27. Stanley Hough, who has the reputation of excelling with 2-year-olds, trains Catbird Creek.

Beautiful Treasure receives first-time Lasix after finishing a well-beaten fourth at this level on July 31. D. Wayne Lukas trains the filly, who was purchased for $500,000 as yearling at the Keeneland July sale.

A pair of New York-bred fillies, Shesamokin and Behrnik, complete the field.