10/29/2011 2:54PM

Breeders' Cup: Putthebabiesdown only 50-50 to run in Juvenile Fillies


Trainer Ken McPeek said Saturday that Putthebabiesdown is only 50-50 to be entered Monday for the $1 million Juvenile Fillies.

Putthebabiesdown, coming off a third in the Grade 1 Alcibiades over Keeneland’s Polytrack, worked five furlongs at Churchill on Saturday in 1:02.20 in company with the 2-year-old colt Yes He’s Trouble. McPeek said he wasn’t thrilled with the way Putthebabiesdown finished the final eighth of that move.

“She worked well last weekend, we anticipated she would work better this weekend, it seemed like she went through the motions the last eighth of a mile and she really needed to zip home,’’ said McPeek, who said he would consult with owners Richard and Tammy Rigby before deciding whether or not to enter.

Meanwhile, trainer Mark Casse said Northern Passion, winner of the Grade 3 Natalma Stakes on turf at Woodbine in her last start, would make her dirt debut in the Juvenile Fillies. Casse said he has been happy with the way Northern Passion has trained on dirt since arriving at Churchill Downs. Casse, who finished third in last year’s Juvenile Fillies with Delightful Mary, said he would not work Northern Passion again before the race. She has breezed twice on the dirt at Churchill, including five furlongs in 1:02 on Oct. 24.

“She gets so much out of her gallops that I’m not going to breeze her again,’’ Casse said. “She doesn’t need it.’’

At Belmont, Miss Netta worked four furlongs in 46.90 seconds out of the gate over the Belmont Park training track. McLaughlin said he decided to work Miss Netta out of the gate because she broke poorly when finishing third in the Frizette in her last start.