08/28/2010 1:44PM

Champagne d'Oro headed to Presque Isle


SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – The multiple Grade 1-winning 3-year-old filly Champagne d’Oro will make her next start in the Grade 3, $400,000 Presque Isle Downs Masters Stakes on Sept. 11, trainer Eric Guillot said Saturday.

The Masters, run at 6 1/2 furlongs, will be her final prep for the $1  million Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 5.

Guillot said that while he’s not thrilled about running Champagne d’Oro over a synthetic surface, he likes the purse and the timing of the Presque Isle race as compared to the Grade 2, $150,000 Gallant Bloom at Belmont Park on Sept. 25.

“It gives me two more weeks to acclimate to Churchill Downs,” Guillot said, referring to the site of this year’s Breeders’ Cup and where the filly will be stabled following the Presque Isle race. “The money’s good, the timing’s a little better. If I stay here and run at Belmont she’ll be training on three different surfaces. This way, I’ll stay here, run her at Presque Isle and take her to Churchill.”

Champagne d’Oro, who won the Grade 1 Test Stakes here on Aug.  7, breezed four furlongs in 49.97 seconds Saturday morning over Saratoga’s main track. It was her first breeze since the Test. Guillot said Champagne d’Oro will have one more breeze here before shipping to Presque Isle on Sept. 8.

Though Champagne d’Oro is a multiple Grade 1 winner on dirt, she has run well on synthetics, including finishing first in a maiden race at Del Mar before being disqualified from the purse money due to a medication violation.

“I don’t think she’s a synthetic horse to train on it everyday,” Guillot said. “But she runs on it and came within two-fifths of a track record. Plus, [Presque Isle] is Tapeta and I think it’s a little safer.”

Before the Presque Isle Masters, Guillot has his sights set on another Grade 1 at Saratoga. He will run Arcodoro, a front-running winner of a first-level allowance race here at 44-1 on July 31, against Quality Road in Saturday’s $750,000 Woodward Stakes.

Arcodoro, a son of Jim Dandy, Travers, and Whitney winner Medaglia d’Oro, is 0 for 9 on synthetics and turf, but is 2 for 2 on dirt. He won a maiden race at Louisiana Downs in the slop and the allowance going 1 1/8 miles here on July 31.

“He’s a dirt route horse like his daddy,” Guillot said. “If this race was a mile and quarter it’d be even better.”

On Saturday, Arcodoro worked four furlongs in 49.15 seconds over the main track.

Get Stormy eyes Shadwell

Get Stormy came out of his 2  3/4-length victory in Friday’s Grade 2 Bernard Baruch Stakes in good order and will now point to the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland on Oct. 9, trainer Tom Bush said. That race will determine whether Get Stormy will advance to the Breeders’ Cup Mile.

“That race always comes up plenty deep; obviously he would have to match-up or [the Breeders’ Cup] wouldn’t make sense,” Bush said. “He’s won over the course, we know he travels well; he’s got a lot of things in his favor.”

Get Stormy’s victory in the Bernard Baruch was his seventh in his last eight starts. He ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:46.70 and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 102.

Jerkens breaks Spa losing streak

Trainer Allen Jerkens was happy to finally get the monkey off his back after sending Brampton out to capture Friday’s finale. The win was not only the first for Jerkens at this meet but his first at Saratoga since Vicarous won a race on Aug. 6, 2008.

“We’re on a winning streak,” Jerkens said with a smile at his barn on Saturday morning. “I’m really glad to finally get one here. I didn’t want to go two years in a row without a win at Saratoga.”

Jerkens said the fact he had such a big Belmont meet was partly responsible for his lack of success at Saratoga.

“The ones running for us this summer are out of conditions so we either had to run them where they can’t win or where we’d lose them,” said Jerkens. “It’s been so good for us so many years up here you can’t expect that sort of thing to keep going.”

Jerkens, who has won four Saratoga training titles including three straight from 1971-73, has some high hopes for Brampton, who now has a win and a second in two career starts.

“Her first two races were good and she’s bred to be pretty good,” said Jerkens. “Whether she turns out to be good remains to be seen.”

Jerkens also reported that his top sprinter Formidable has been sent to the farm after sustaining an ankle injury earlier this summer. Formidable stumbled badly and lost his rider as the even-money favorite in the Grade 3 Jaipur at Belmont on July 17 but Jerkens said that incident was not the cause of his problem.

“He was up here doing fine and then one day he came back with an ankle so we sent him home,” said Jerkens. “Maybe we’ll be able to get him back this winter for Gulfstream.”

– additional reporting by Mike Welsch