11/29/2006 12:00AM

Breeders' Cup winners flock to Florida


MIAMI - South Florida will be the home of Breeders' Cup champions this winter.

Four of the eight Breeders' Cup winners are already stabled in the area, with a fifth, Street Sense, expected to join trainer Carl Nafzger's stable at Palm Meadows in the near future.

Dreaming of Anna, wire-to-wire winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, took up residence with trainer Wayne Catalano's stable at Palm Meadows on Thanksgiving Day. She joined Round Pond, heroine of the Distaff for trainer Michael Matz, and Invasor, the Kiaran McLaughlin-trained Classic winner who shipped into the Boynton Beach training facility earlier in the month.

Miesque's Approval, who captured the Breeders' Cup Mile for trainer Marty Wolfson, is a regular south Florida resident, having been stabled at Calder throughout the year.

All five of those Breeders' Cup winners are expected to run this winter at Gulfstream Park, although Miesque's Approval is expected to launch his 2007 campaign at Santa Anita in the Sunshine Millions Turf. Invasor's itinerary calls for a start in the Grade 1 Donn Handicap on Feb. 3 before he heads to Dubai to compete in the $6 million Dubai World Cup on March 31.

Soldier's Dancer tops noms for Kris S.

Soldier's Dancer, explosive winner of the Arthur Appleton Juvenile Turf in his grass debut on Nov. 11, tops a list of 25 2-year-olds nominated for the $100,000 Kris S. Stakes here Dec. 9. Soldier's Dancer rallied from near the rear of the pack to register a 6 3/4-length decision in the Appleton.

Among the other top names on the Kris S. nomination list are Yesbyjimminy, Teuflesberg, and Marcavelly, a turf stakes winner for trainer Bill Mott.

The $100,000 Cherokee Frolic Stakes, the filly counterpart to the Kris S., lured 19 nominations topped by Pay Wright, who has won her last three starts, including a pair of stakes on the turf.

Trainer race looking like a close one

While the jockey race between Manoel Cruz and apprentice Jermaine Bridgmohan has commanded most of the attention here this meet, the battle for leading trainer is also a good one between reigning champion Bill White and the up-and-coming Kirk Ziadie.

Entering Thursday's card, Ziadie held a two-win lead (14-12) over White, with Manny Tortora another two behind in third. Ziadie, the son of six-time Calder training leader Ralph Ziadie, has posted his 14 wins from just 28 starters, an incredible 50 percent success rate.

Ziadie and White were scheduled to go head to head in two races on Friday's card, including the featured fourth event, a five-furlong optional claiming race on the turf.

Ziadie has entered the speedy but sometimes inconsistent Far West, who dueled for the lead through midstretch before finishing a tiring fifth under similar conditions in his turf debut on Sept. 15.

White counters with British Attitude, who returns to the grass for the first time since finishing second in Churchill Downs's Beau Genius Handicap in July 2005. British Attitude is winless since defeating entry-level allowance horses over the Churchill grass course in June of last year.

Other key contenders in Friday's headliner include Lox and Kippers, Placido, and King Cassia.

Rehoboth works ahead of Hooper

Rehoboth, popular winner of the Carl G. Rose Classic here on Nov. 11, continues to keep sharp after working an easy half-mile in 51 seconds for trainer Frank Gomez on Wednesday morning. Rehoboth is expected to conclude his very successful 3-year-old campaign in the Grade 3 Fred W. Hooper Handicap on Dec. 16.

Mister Fotis, a candidate for the Grade 3 Kenny Noe Jr. Handicap on the same day, also worked Wednesday, posting a bullet five-eighths in 1:00.40.