Updated on 10/05/2010 1:33PM

Biofuel ends 2010 campaign with Selene victory

Michael Burns
Biofuel ends her 2010 campaign with a win in the Selene Stakes at Woodbine.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario – Biofuel, who earlier had been under serious consideration for the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, will not be seeing action at Churchill Downs this November.

“We’re done for the year,” trainer Reade Baker said after sending out Biofuel for an emphatic two-length score here in Sunday’s Grade 3, $254,200 Selene Stakes.

“She’s had a great campaign. She’s been going hard since February at Palm Meadows, and she’s had a good four starts here, plus two trips out of town.”

Baker, who trains the Kentucky homebred for Brereton C. Jones, watched Biofuel finish a troubled fourth in last year’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita.

Returning to action at Woodbine this spring, Biofuel captured the six-furlong Star Shoot and the 1 1/16-mile La Lorgnette before running third in Belmont’s Grade 1, 1 1/16-mile Mother Goose.

Four weeks later, Biofuel was at Saratoga and ran second in the Grade 1 Coaching Club Oaks at 1 1/8 miles.

Back home and facing older fillies and mares, Biofuel was up in time to get the nod in the 1 1/16-mile Belle Mahone and then had little difficulty in mowing down her peers when traveling the same distance in the Selene.

Baker and Jones, however, already had conferred on the pros and cons of sending Biofuel to Churchill Downs for the Breeders’ Cup Ladies’ Classic, and there was no second-guessing in the Selene aftermath.

“There’s not one or two good ones you’ve got to get by – there’s an awful lot of good horses,” said Baker, naming Rachel Alexandra and Blind Luck among those formidable contenders for the Ladies’ Classic.

“For her to run against those horses at this stage doesn’t make sense. Next year would be a different story.”

In the meantime, Biofuel will be heading for her owner’s farm in Airdrie, Ky., where she will spend a couple of months before rejoining Baker at Palm Meadows.

Biofuel, who has been ridden in each of her six starts this year by Eurico Rosa da Silva, will be difficult to go past in the Sovereign Award voting for the 3-year-old filly division and could wind up being a Horse of the Year candidate in Canada.

Baker points three to Breeders’ Cup

Baker still has three candidates for Breeders’ Cup races.

All are owned by Danny Dion, with Fatal Bullet aiming for the Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint, Bear’s Future for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and Rockin Heat for the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf.

Fatal Bullet, a close third in the seven-furlong Play the King when making just the second turf start of his career here Aug. 26, will use the Grade 1, $500,000 Nearctic as a possible stepping-stone to the five-furlong Turf Sprint.

“He seemed to really like the turf the other day,” Baker said. “I’m excited with the chance of cranking him up to run five furlongs. I’ve never had that opportunity.”

The Oct. 16 Nearctic, a six-furlong turf race, is a Breeders’ Cup Win and You’re In event.

Bear’s Future is undefeated in two starts, including the seven-furlong Swynford here Sept. 12.

The Kentucky-bred will be looking to stamp his passport to the Breeders’ Cup in the Grade 3, $225,000 Grey at 1 1/16 miles here Oct. 10.

Rockin Heat, who is nominated to the Grey, has finished second in each of his three starts, with the most recent being the Grade 3 Summer over one mile of turf here Sept. 18.

Baker also is considering the Grade 3, $100,000 Bourbon, a 1 1/16-mile turf race at Keenland on Oct. 10, and the Grade 1, $300,000 Champagne, a one-mile dirt race at Belmont on Oct. 9, as options for getting Rockin Heat to Churchill Downs.

Stately Victor wins on return to Polytrack

Stately Victor, who was looking like a one-hit wonder after being well-beaten in three starts since capturing the Grade 1 Blue Grass at Keeneland, got back in the groove when returning to Polytrack for last Saturday’s $154,500 Ontario Derby.

Owned by Thomas and Jack Conway and trained by Mike Maker, Stately Victor had followed his major Blue Grass upset with eighth-place finishes in both the Kentucky Derby and Belmont and a fifth in the Virginia Derby.

“He’d had a hard campaign,” said Maker, who decided to give Stately Victor a break following the July 17 Virginia Derby over 1 1/8 miles of turf.

“The race up there was one that made sense.”

Stately Victor, with Victor Lebron in the irons for the first time, tracked the pace in the 1 1/8-mile Ontario Derby and rallied to score by a comfortable 3 1/4 lengths. The Kentucky-bred colt was racing with blinkers for the first time since January after racing greenly at Colonial Downs.

“The pace wasn’t that much of a concern,” Maker said while back at his Churchill Downs after saddling his first winner with his ninth starter at Woodbine.

“I figured he’d race more forwardly with the blinkers on, and that if he ran to his Blue Grass, he could win.”

Stately Victor actually bettered his Blue Grass on the Beyer Speed Figure front, with a three-point improvement to a career-high 97, and it would appear that more Polytrack racing would be in his future.

“I might look at racing him against older horses at Keeneland,” Maker said.

Mekong Melody repeats in Flaiming Page

Mekong Melody, who had become a stakes winner here in last year’s Flaming Page, defended her title with a three-quarter-length score under rider Patrick Husbands in that 1 1/2-mile overnight turf stakes for fillies and mares here Sunday.

After opening up her campaign with a game victory here in the Dance Smartly at 1 1/8 miles on the turf, Mekong Melody disappointed after a troubled beginning in the Grade 2 Ballston Spa at Saratoga but reasserted herself as the odds-on choice in the $106,000 Flaming Page.

“She was very relaxed early,” said Roger Attfield, who trains the Irish-bred 5-year-old for owner David Egan.

“I was surprised. I thought she’d be right up there on the lead, even though I didn’t want to see her do that. I was wondering how it would go from there.

“But at the top of the hill, I could see she was going very easily, and I knew she’d all right.”

Mekong Melody will now be considered for the Grade 1, $1 million E.P. Taylor Stakes, a 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares that is the companion feature to the Grade 1 Canadian International here Oct. 16.