Updated on 09/15/2011 1:15PM

Breeders' Cup roundup: Waverers make their choice

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Noverre, one of Europe's best horses, gallops at Belmont on Sunday getting ready for the Mile.

After sitting on the fence for more than a week, trainer H. Graham Motion on Monday came down on the side of not running Broken Vow in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 27 at Belmont Park. Instead, Motion said Broken Vow, who was narrowly beaten last time out in the Meadowlands Cup, will make his next two starts in Kentucky.

Broken Vow was one of several horses whose connections faced a Breeders' Cup deadline on Monday, either to pre-enter a race, or to put up supplemental nomination fees. Miss Linda, the Spinster Stakes winner, was going to be supplemented for $400,000 to the Distaff, but Janet, the winner of the Yellow Ribbon Stakes, was not supplemented for $90,000 to the Filly and Mare Turf. In addition, trainer Bobby Frankel said he was not going to run Senure in the Turf.

The pre-entered fields in all eight Breeders' Cup races, all of which are Grade 1 events, are scheduled to be announced Wednesday at Belmont Park. Final entries, and the draw for post positions, will be held one week later, on Oct. 24.

Motion said part of his reasoning for not running Broken Vow in the Classic was the impressive victory by Sakhee in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe earlier this month. Sakhee was expected to be pre-entered in both the Classic and the Turf.

"The other Europeans," Motion said, referring to Classic candidates Fantastic Light and Galileo, "are considered the equal of Sakhee, or better. Obviously dirt will be a question with them, but they are very competitive. Broken Vow is a nice horse, the best I've trained, and because of that I don't want to do the wrong thing."

Motion said Broken Vow would likely make his next start in the Grade 3, $150,000 Fayette Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 27, the same day that the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships are run in New York. Motion said Broken Vow might race once more this year, in the Grade 2, $400,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23.

Miss Linda, who won her third straight race in the Spinster, was expected to be the most expensive of this year's supplements. Because neither she nor her sire was nominated to the Breeders' Cup, her owners were required to pay 20 percent of the Distaff's $2 million purse.

Janet was not pre-entered because her owner, Jed Cohen, said he was not happy with the supplemental fee. He said Janet would instead wait for the Grade 2, $250,000 Las Palmas Handicap at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting on Nov. 4, followed by the Grade 1, $500,000 Matriarch Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 25.

"I'm not going to pay $90,000," Cohen said. "It's a bad business decision. To put it mildly, I think it's stupid. I'll keep her home and we'll go for other races."

Frankel said Senure was not going to be pre-entered in the Turf because "he wants firm ground."

"I don't want to take a chance," Frankel said. "I'll wait and run him in the Japan Cup. It's a bigger purse, and it's firm over there all the time."

Chavez picks up mount on Xtra Heat

Jorge Chavez will replace the injured Rick Wilson aboard Xtra Heat in the Breeders' Cup Sprint, trainer John Salzman said Monday.

Wilson broke his right leg and three ribs in a spill at Pimlico Race Course last Friday and remains hospitalized.

Wilson had been aboard Xtra Heat, who is undefeated at the Sprint's six-furlong distance, for 10 of her 17 career wins.

Salzman said although he would prefer that Wilson was healthy and able to ride Xtra Heat, he has no qualms about using Chavez.

"[Chavez] will suit her just fine," Salzman said. "We've got to go on with the show."

* Guided Tour, who is heading to the Classic, breezed five furlongs on a muddy track in 1:02.80 Monday at Churchill Downs. Larry Melancon, who will ride Guided Tour in the Classic, was aboard for the work. Guided Tour will work again early next week at Churchill Downs, according to trainer Niall O'Callaghan, then ship to New York on Oct. 24.

* Queenie Belle, who is heading to the Distaff after her recent victory in the Lady's Secret Handicap, worked six furlongs Monday at Santa Anita in 1:13.

- additional reporting by Steve Andersen and Karen M. Johnson