12/15/2010 4:37PM

Chamberlain Bridge may make trip to Dubai

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Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint winner Chamberlain Bridge has been unable to find suitable travel arrangements to Dubai for the $1 milliion Al Quoz Sprint.

A trip to Dubai could be on the horizon for Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Chamberlain Bridge. He resumed galloping at Fair Grounds on Wednesday, with the goal of making the $60,000 Colonel Power at the track on Feb. 19. From there, Chamberlain Bridge might ship overseas for the Group 2, $1 million Al Quoz Sprint at Meydan Race Course.

“We’ll start to get him back in a breeze pattern the next couple of weeks,” said Bret Calhoun, who trains Chamberlain Bridge for Carl Moore. “We’re pointing for the race in February, and then we’ll either decide to go with the same schedule as last year, or go to Dubai.”

The Al Quoz, at about five furlongs on turf, will be run on March 26. It would be the first start outside of North America for Chamberlain Bridge, who won the 10th stakes of his career in the Breeders’ Cup on Nov. 6.

Chamberlain Bridge in February will be seeking his third straight win in the Colonel Power. He has opened his racing season in the stakes for the past two meets, winning by three lengths in 2009, and by three-quarters of a length in 2010. His campaign leading up to this year’s Breeders’ Cup included stakes starts in Kentucky, Illinois, and Pennsylvania.

Chamberlain Bridge is a 6-year-old son of War Chant. A former claimer who made the first start of his career for a $16,000 tag, he has gone on to win 16 races and $1,585,245.

Lady Alexander resurfaces in Esplanade

Lady Alexander is a five-time stakes winner on the East Coast, but after being purchased at auction last month she now calls Louisiana home. She will be making her first start for her new connections, Coteau Grove Farms and trainer Glenn Delahoussaye, in the $60,000 Esplanade at Fair Grounds on Saturday.

The 5 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares is one of five stakes on the card. The races are worth a cumulative $300,000, and the package of stakes right before Christmas is being called Santa Super Saturday.

Lady Alexander topped a session of the Keeneland November auction at $410,000. The Esplanade will mark her first start since Oct. 16, when she was second in the $70,000 College of New Jersey Stakes at Monmouth Park. Delahoussaye said he feels comfortable with Lady Alexander’s fitness level leading up to the race on Saturday.

“I especially like the 5 1/2-furlong distance for her first race back,” he said.

Delahoussaye has had Lady Alexander in his care since Nov. 14. He said she had shipped from Monmouth to Three Chimneys in Kentucky to be prepped for the Keeneland sale shortly after the College of New Jersey. Lady Alexander sold on Nov. 10, then arrived at the Evangeline Downs Training Center near Lafayette, La., on Nov. 14. Delahoussaye has worked her twice for the Esplanade, once on Nov. 27 and again on Dec. 8.

“She basically had three weeks off at Three Chimneys,” he said. “She came in here in excellent shape. I think the break has done her nothing but good.”

Coteau Grove is an emerging breeding and racing operation in Louisiana. Owned by Keith and Ginger Myers, the couple has about 20 horses in training, said Delahoussaye. The focus is on quality, and Lady Alexander, a 4-year-old daughter of Exchange Rate who has earned $369,008, will eventually be a nice addition to the Coteau Grove broodmare band.

“We went over this filly with a fine tooth comb with racing on our mind,” Delahoussaye said. “The breeding will come. We bought her to race.”

Delahoussaye said down the line, Lady Alexandra could try turf in a race such as next month’s $60,000 A.B. Leggio Memorial at Fair Grounds.

“I noticed the one time she ran on turf, and that was at Monmouth, that she ran third by a half-length in the Crank It Up Stakes,” he said. “They went 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:02. I’m going to explore that also.”

◗ Clear Sailing, who went 3 for 4 last meet at Fair Grounds for Coteau Grove, has been retired and is to be bred to Awesome Again in February, said Delahoussaye. Clear Sailing won her maiden, an allowance, and the $58,000 Pelleteri between December 2009 and February 2010. She is a 4-year-old by Empire Maker.