11/01/2011 2:01PM

Breeders' Cup: Gold surprised to be back with pair of juveniles

Barbara D. Livingston
Awesome Belle will try to give trainer Stanley Gold a repeat victory in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When trainer Stanley Gold left Churchill Downs last fall after his Awesome Feather completed a perfect campaign with a victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, he had little expectation he would be back here again this year.

“It really wasn’t something I thought was going to happen,” said Gold, who maintains a 20-horse stable at Calder. “It’s a pleasant surprise.”

But Gold, 64, is back at Churchill for this year’s Breeders’ Cup with not one but two starters. On Friday, he will send out Awesome Belle in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies and on Saturday he’ll saddle Fort Loudon in the $2 million Juvenile. Both horses are owned and bred by Fred Brei’s Jacks or Better Farm.

Awesome Belle does not come into the Juvenile Fillies undefeated as did Awesome Feather a year ago. But Awesome Belle does enter the race off a dominant 7 1/2-length victory in the My Dear Girl Stakes, a division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, which was her first start around two turns. It also was Awesome Belle’s first race with blinkers.

“`I didn’t think there’d be any problem with the two turns,” Gold said. “I wasn’t surprised she’d run like that. I was surprised she won by that many.”

Gold said he thought the blinkers “made a big difference” because Awesome Belle had a tendency to look around during the course of a race.

“She needed to stay focused,” Gold said. “Going two turns, I suspected she might be in front and I didn’t want her looking around.”

In order to win the Juvenile Fillies, Awesome Belle will have to beat a quality field that includes unbeaten opponents My Miss Aurelia, Grace Hall, and Weemissfrankie as well as overcoming post 14.

“I’m not really concerned about being outside,” Gold said. “She’s got enough tactical speed to get a good position.”

In Fort Loudon, Gold will send out a horse that has won four consecutive races, including a 2 1/2-length victory in the In Reality Stakes, his first start around two turns. Gold feels Fort Loudon hasn’t quite figured everything out just yet.

“He’s getting smarter and bigger and stronger, he’s got a lot of potential,” Gold said. “But it’s all a game to him right now. What he’s done, he’s done on raw ability.”

Fort Loudon will break from post 12 in the 13-horse field.

As was the case with Awesome Feather, who sold for $2.3 million at the Fasig-Tipton Sale in Kentucky two days after the Breeders’ Cup, both Awesome Belle and Fort Loudon are cataloged for this year’s sale, to be held Sunday.

Gold said that is standard procedure for Brei to put his horses up for sale. Gold said how both horses run this weekend will determine whether they actually go through the sales ring.

“If they run good and somebody wants to buy them, then you hit a home run,” Gold said. “If they don’t run good, we can take them back home. It’s not a given any of the horses are going to go through the sale.”

Sabercat misses Juvenile with colic

Sabercat, who was being pointed to Saturday’s Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, was not entered in that race Monday due to a bout of colic, trainer Steve Asmussen said.

Sabercat, a son of Bluegrass Cat owned by Ron Winchell, was coming off wins in a maiden race at Monmouth Park and a six-length victory in the Garden State Stakes, also at Monmouth, on Oct. 2.

Asmussen said he hoped to be able to run Sabercat later at the Churchill Downs meet.

The Juvenile, which had 16 pre-entrants, ultimately went with 13 runners.