11/21/2011 4:48PM

Churchill Downs: McGee nearing 300th victory at home track

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Barbara D. Livingston
Worldly is one of six horses trainer Paul McGee has entered on Wednesday's card at Churchill Downs.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When a jockey or trainer is approaching a personal milestone, inevitably it seems that person goes cold, and the celebratory placard created in advance by the track publicity department starts to lose its shine.

If that happens to trainer Paul McGee, it won’t be from a lack of effort. Sitting on 295 victories at Churchill Downs, his hometrack track, he could conceivably hit the 300-win milestone before the meet ends Sunday.

He looks to advance toward his 300th Churchill win on Wednesday, when he has six horses entered in five of the 10 races. McGee’s contingent is led by the stakes-quality duo of Worldly and Dubious Miss in the featured ninth race, a $52,000 third-level allowance with an $80,000 claiming condition.

Although carded at a mile on turf, the race could end up being run on the main track. The forecast is for 1 to 2 inches of rain Tuesday into early Wednesday before skies are expected to clear.

An off-the-turf scenario would allow McGee to start both his horses. Worldly runs “either way,” McGee said, while Dubious Miss is a main-track-only entrant.

McGee, 49, said a desire to reach 300 wins isn’t why he has six horses entered Wednesday. Rather, the races happen to fit his horses.

If Dubious Miss does get a chance to run on dirt, he will likely be without his usual jockey, Calvin Borel. Although Borel was named to ride Dubious Miss, he also is named aboard Ninety Shillings, who is in the main body of the field and expected to run whether the race is on turf or dirt.

“Right now I’m shopping for a rider,” McGee said Monday morning.

Dubious Miss and Worldly, both stakes winners, figure prominently if the race is run on a wet main track, with Dubious Miss having the better wet-track form of the two.

Uncle Brent, third in the Jimmy V. Stakes in the mud on Breeders’ Cup Friday Nov. 4, heads the opposition if the race comes off the grass. He comes off a pair of 90 Beyer Speed Figures and is a two-time winner at a mile on dirt.

Joinem and Asphalt would appear most dangerous if the race stays on the turf and is contested on a rain-softened course.