11/10/2009 12:00AM

Bump costs Biofuel in Juvenile Fillies

Michael Burns
Biofuel, winner of Woodbine's Mazarine (above), finished fourth by 1 1/4 lengths in Friday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - This year's Woodbine-based hopefuls for the Breeders' Cup didn't managed to crack the top three in their respective events.

Careless Jewel, trained by Josie Carroll and ridden by Robert Landry, was the 9-5 favorite in last Friday's but faltered badly to finish last in the field of eight.

Fatal Bullet, trained by Reade Baker and ridden by Eurico Rosa da Silva, was in the thick of things for much of Saturday's but tired in the late stages to finish 2 1/2 lengths behind the winner in sixth.

That left the award for best performance by a Woodbine-based horse for Biofuel, another Baker-Da Silva production.

Biofuel, owned and bred by Brereton C. Jones, finished fourth, beaten 1 1/4 lengths, at 20-1 in Friday's .

After breaking from the outside in the field of 12, Biofuel was trailing into the far turn and then commenced a solid rally that fell just short after she was bumped solidly at the eighth pole.

"She got mugged," Baker said. "I thought she was the best horse; she should have won the race. She ran super."

Biofuel, who had come into the Juvenile Fillies off a convincing win here in the Grade 3 Mazarine at the same 1 1/16-mile distance, will be wintering with Baker at Palm Meadows. Her main target for next spring will be the Kentucky Oaks.

"I'll keep her on synthetics until then," said Baker, who will be looking at Turfway Park's Bourbonette and Keeneland's Ashland as Biofuel's stepping-stones.

Baker's Palm Meadows contingent also will include Bear Tough Guy, who would have been headed for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile had he not suffered an ankle injury when winning the Grade 3 Grey here at 1 1/16 miles.

Bear Tough Guy, owned by the Bear Stable of Danny Dion, underwent surgery but is scheduled to be back in training in six weeks.

"We'll send him to Ocala first," Baker said.

Fatal Bullet, sent off as the 9-2 third choice in the Sprint, failed to reproduce the form that carried him to a second-place finish in last fall's edition.

"I thought he ran a flat race," Baker said. "He broke a step slow but he looked to be in a pretty good spot."

Baker had been concerned at the beginning of last week when Fatal Bullet seemed not to be handling the heat.

"He was pretty lethargic last Monday night," Baker said. "Every day after that he got better. He never got sick; he only missed half a meal. But he might not have fully recovered."

Fatal Bullet, a 4-year-old gelding will be checked over by veterinarian Larry Bramlage.

"I just want to make sure we're on the same page," Baker said. "He'll come back here and spend the winter at Curraghmore Farm. He'll be ready for the opening stakes here next year."

Careless Jewel, a 3-year-old who had carried a five-race win streak into the Ladies' Classic, opened a lengthy advantage in the Ladies' Classic but had nothing left when she turned for home.

"I thought her inexperience showed up," Carroll said. "The first quarter was okay, but then she took hold of the bit and basically ran off. There was nothing the rider could do. I knew it was over after she went that second quarter in 22. There was no way she could hang on."

Careless Jewel, a Kentucky-bred owned by Donver Stable, will be flown from California to Florida.

"She'll be turned out on the farm for 30 to 60 days, then come into Palm Meadows," said Carroll, who has stalls at both the Florida training center and Fair Grounds. "She's a 3-year-old; she's got time to mature and learn to relax a little bit."

Bad luck for Woodbine pair at Aqueduct

A pair of Woodbine regulars saw action at Aqueduct last Saturday, but Jambalaya and Spice Route had nothing but bad luck in the over 1 3/8 miles of turf.

Jambalaya finished fifth, beaten 1 3/4 lengths, under rider Eddie Castro.

"He was on the inside and basically never got a chance to run," said Catherine Day Phillips, who trains Jambalaya and owns the 7-year-old gelding in partnership with her husband, Todd Phillips. "He tried hard."

Spice Route, trained by Roger Attfield, also had serious traffic problems that included some bumping with Jambalaya in midstretch but managed to snare third under Eibar Coa.

Jambalaya, who had come into the Red Smith after winning his first start in more than two years here Nov. 7, could swing back in the Grade 3, $100,000 River City Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile turf race at Keeneland on Nov. 27.

"I don't think Saturday's race took much out of him," Day Phillips said.

Carroll loaded with female stakes runners

Carroll did win a stakes race Saturday as Serenading, a 5-year-old mare who was ridden by Patrick Husbands, captured last Saturday's $183,138 Maple Leaf at Woodbine.

Smart Surprise and Authenicat, another pair of talented females in the Carroll barn, both are pointing to the $150,000 Bessarabian, a seven-furlong race for fillies and mares here Nov. 22.

The 5-year-old Smart Surprise, who became a stakes winner in last year's Bessarabian, breezed six furlongs in 1:13.80 here last Saturday.

In the meantime, Carroll plans to send out Cascading for Sunday's $150,000 Glorious Song, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies.

Cascading, a Kentucky-bred, was an impressive winner of her debut at six furlongs but then finished fifth in the Mazarine as the 6-5 favorite.

"She had a great maiden win, but she just didn't run her race last time," Carroll said.