06/16/2010 11:00PM

Champagne d'Oro likely for Prioress


After initially saying Acorn winner Champagne d'Oro would run next in the Mother Goose on June 26, trainer Eric Guillot has altered course and decided to shorten up the filly to six furlongs and target the Grade 1 Prioress at Belmont on July 4.

Guillot said his major target for the summer with Champagne d'Oro is the Grade 1 Test, a seven-furlong race at Saratoga on Aug. 7. Guillot felt the Prioress was a better progression to the Test than the Mother Goose, which is run at 1 1/16 miles around one turn.

Guillot said the Prioress gives Champagne d'Oro eight more days from her Acorn victory than the Mother Goose and the Prioress could shape up a slightly easier field.

"I may enter the Mother Goose, see what it looks like, but more than likely I'll run in the Prioress," Guillot said.

Champagne d'Oro has remained at Belmont Park since the Acorn. She will be one of approximately 20 horses Guillot will have based in Saratoga.

Bouwerie fails to fill

The New York Racing Association opted not to card Sunday's $100,000 Bouwerie Stakes for New York-bred 3-year-old fillies due to insufficient entries. It is the second time this meet that a restricted stakes failed to fill. Earlier, neither division of the New York Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds had enough entries to be carded though eventually the race was opened up to both sexes and went as one race.

According to Andrew Byrnes, NYRA's stakes coordinator, only three horses were entered in the Bouwerie.

Six horses, headed by Ibboyee and General Maximus, were entered for Sunday's $100,000 Mike Lee Stakes for 3-year-old New York-bred males going seven furlongs