08/23/2009 11:00PM

Careless Jewel setting sights on BC

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Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer Josie Carroll rewards Careless Jewel, who romped in Saturday's Grade 1 Alabama at Saratoga. She earned a Beyer Figure of 106.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The connections of the impressive Alabama winner Careless Jewel will target the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic at Santa Anita in November. How they get there is something that has yet to be decided.

If things break as they could, Careless Jewel could be one of the favorites for the Ladies' Classic, to be run Nov. 6 over Santa Anita's Pro-Ride surface. Rachel Alexandra isn't being pointed the Breeders' Cup, and Zenyatta, the undefeated 5-year-old mare, is under strong consideration to take on the males in the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic on Nov. 7.

"They'd be thrilled to have a horse for the Breeders' Cup, especially one as genuine as her," said Josie Carroll, who trains Careless Jewel for owners Vern and Donna Dubinsky. "Whatever we do next, we'll be ultimately targeting that race."

Carroll said she has not sat down yet with the Dubinskys to discuss Careless Jewel's next start. Carroll said Careless Jewel came out of her 11-length win in Saturday's a little tired, but otherwise in good order. She earned a 106 Beyer Speed Figure for her victory, besting the 103 she was given for her 7 1/4-length win in the Delaware Oaks on July 18.

"It was a really impressive performance," Carroll said Monday from Woodbine. "This filly is improving every time she steps on the racetrack. She's still a relatively unseasoned horse."

Carroll won't have to worry about whether Careless Jewel can handle a synthetic surface. She is 2 for 3 over Woodbine's Polytrack surface. Carroll has to decide whether she wants to go back to synthetics before the Breeders' Cup or point to dirt races like the $750,000 Fitz Dixon Cotillion at Philadelphia Park on Oct. 3 or perhaps the Beldame at Belmont the same day.

The Beldame has a base purse of $600,000 that could be upped to $1 million if Rachel Alexandra and Zenyatta both show up. On Monday, Carroll didn't want to think about facing Rachel Alexandra.

"Right now, we're going to enjoy what she's accomplished," Carroll said. "If we have to worry about Rachel, we'll do that down the road."

Guam Typhoon heads Pleasant Colony

Trainer Ian Wilkes hopes to pull off a big upset in Saturday's $1 million Travers Stakes with Warrior's Reward. He hopes not to be upset Wednesday when he runs the 3-year-old Guam Typhoon as the potential favorite in the $70,000 Pleasant Colony Stakes at 1 1/8 miles.

Guam Typhoon, a half-brother to Miss Isella who is running in Sunday's Grade 1 Personal Ensign, finished third, beaten two lengths, in the Curlin Stakes here Aug. 2. The loss broke a three-race win streak, but he was attempting the distance and two turns for the first time.

Wilkes said he didn't decide to run Guam Typhoon in the Pleasant Colony until he worked a strong five furlongs in 1:00.20 last week.

"I waited to see how he worked to see if I wanted to run back here," Wilkes said. "He ran good, but I was happy the way he worked, so let's take another shot."

Guam Typhoon's competition will include Saratoga Sinner, the Grade 3 Holy Bull winner, who came off a six-month layoff to run last in the Grade 2 Jim Dandy. Others in the field include Santana Six, Dumar, Sumo, and Hoopoe.

Justenuffhumor tops Bernard Baruch

Justenuffhumor will seek his sixth consecutive victory when he takes on nine rivals in Friday's Grade 2, $200,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap.

Justenuffhumor, a half-brother to the champion Dreaming of Anna, is coming off a 2 1/2-length victory in the Grade 2 Fourstardave here Aug. 2. It was his first stakes victory after running through his maiden and allowance conditions.

The Bernard Baruch will be Justenuffhumor's first try at 1 1/8 miles. His last four wins have been at 1 1/16 miles.

"I don't think the distance is a worry, he's training great," trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said. "He does everything right except that he's a knucklehead in the gate."

Justenuffhumor will meet familiar foes Mambo Meister and Cowboy Cal, who finished a half-length apart when second and third in the Fourstardave.

Justenuffhumor will be coupled with Colony, who also is owned by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum.

Courageous Cat targets Jamaica

Courageous Cat, winner of the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame Stakes on Aug. 14, will make his next start in the Grade 1, $300,000 Jamaica Handicap on Oct. 10, trainer Bill Mott said Monday.

"It'd be hard to run in anything in between," Mott said when asked about the eight-week layoff between starts. "I'd rather have him a little fresh than worn out."

* Vineyard Haven, last year's Hopeful winner, completed preparations for Saturday's Grade 1 King's Bishop by working five furlongs in 1:01.84 on Monday morning over the main track. Fellow King's Bishop hopefuls Not for Silver and Despite the Odds blew out three furlongs together in 34.82 seconds.

* Munnings, another contender in the King's Bishop, worked four furlongs in 50.46 seconds. Munnings, who won the Woody Stephens and Tom Fool, both at seven furlongs, is cutting back to that distance after finishing third to Rachel Alexandra in the Haskell at 1 1/8 miles.

* Indian Blessing, set to make her return in Saturday's Grade 1 Ballerina, worked five furlongs in 1:01.12 over the main track. Her stablemate P.S.U. Grad worked the same distance in 59.66 seconds and also is being pointed to the Ballerina.

* Ventura, who defeated Indian Blessing in last year's Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, worked five furlongs in 1:00.12. Ventura is not nominated to the Ballerina and is expected to make her next start in the Woodbine Mile on turf Sept. 20.