09/12/2003 11:00PM

Class Above's name fits; BC next


FLORENCE, Ky. - Satish Sanan already has won each of the Breeders' Cup races for 2-year-olds, having won the Juvenile Fillies with Cash Run in 1999 and the Juvenile last year with Vindication.

But after Class Above, ridden by Edgar Prado, posted a spectacular 16-length victory Saturday in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at Turfway Park, Sanan couldn't help but think that he might have just watched the best 2-year-old he has ever owned.

Sanan said in the winner's circle that trainer Bob Baffert had phoned him before the filly had ever raced and told him, " 'You have a very special filly here.' She showed that today."

Making just her second career start after easily winning a maiden sprint at Del Mar last month, Class Above cruised into contention on the backstretch of the one-mile Juvenile Fillies, then pulled away with little effort on the far turn. Prado said he was "very impressed," and added he is looking forward to the filly's next probable start in the Oct. 25 BC Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita.

Class Above, bred in Kentucky by Dr. Michael Marenchic, is by Quiet American, whose most notable offspring so far has been Real Quiet, who narrowly missed winning the 1998 Triple Crown for Baffert. Class Above returned $3.60 as the favorite and completed one mile in 1:39.04 over a fast track.

Renaissance Lady finished second, another 3 1/4 lengths ahead of Sweet Jo Jo in the field of eight. Renaissance Lady now has finished second in four stakes in her six-race career.

The 16-length winning margin is easily a record in the 10-year history of the Kentucky Cup series.

Pomeroy disqualified from win, 'Jester' first

A half-hour later, Prado also finished first aboard the odds-on favorite in the $100,000 KC Juvenile, but his mount, Pomeroy, was subsequently disqualified in a decision that brought boos from the crowd.

Following an inquiry and an objection by Shane Sellers, who rode The Cliff's Edge, the Turfway stewards determined that an incident in upper stretch was sufficient to disqualify Pomeroy from first and place him third behind The Cliff's Edge. That decision gave the victory in the Grade 3 Juvenile to Mr. Jester, a 20-1 shot who fell a head short of catching Pomeroy at the wire.

"I'll take it any way I can get it," said Steve Wren, who trains Mr. Jester for Kaaren Biggs, whose husband, longtime horse owner Hayes Biggs, died last month.

Mr. Jester, a Silver Deputy colt based at Louisiana Downs, was ridden by Rafael Bejarano and returned $43.20. The Juvenile was the third win from four career starts for Mr. Jester and his second in a stakes race, following the Pioneer at his home track in his last start.

There was no contact during the incident involving Pomeroy, the 7-10 favorite, and The Cliff's Edge, although Pomeroy did veer out suddenly for a stride or two. The action did cause The Cliff's Edge, who was close behind him, to lose momentum. The Cliff's Edge wound up 1 3/4 lengths behind Mr. Jester.

The overall effort was a big one for The Cliff's Edge, the second wagering choice, considering he had a very poor start.

The official time for the 1 1/16-mile race was 1:46.61.

Last-place finisher Golden Tones pulled up badly and had to be vanned off.

Smok'n Frolic scores easily

Smok'n Frolic, the 9-5 favorite under Prado, dominated from the half-mile pole to the wire and pulled away to a 3 1/2-length win over Awesome Humor in the second richest race of the series, the Grade 3, $175,000 Turfway Breeders' Cup.

Owned by Dogwood Stable and based in New York with trainer Todd Pletcher, Smok'n Frolic ($5.60) eased to the leaders at the half-mile pole and proceeded to win with flair, finishing 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.98.

Awesome Humor, the 2-1 second choice under Robby Albarado, gave game chase and finished second in a graded stakes race for the third straight time. She finished 2 1/2 lengths ahead of So Much More, who had another 1 3/4 lengths on Hi Tech Honeycomb. Desert Gold was an early scratch, leaving a field of nine fillies and mares.

The victory was the eighth from 23 overall starts for Smok'n Frolic, a 4-year-old Florida-bred by Smoke Glacken. She earned $108,500 Saturday, lifting her career earnings to $1,225,500.

Cajun Beat takes KC Sprint

Cajun Beat ($17.20), owned in partnership by Sanan, drove to a length victory over late-running Clock Stopper in the final race of the Kentucky Cup series, the Grade 3, $100,000 KC Sprint. Ridden by Cornelio Velasquez and trained by Steve Margolis, Cajun Beat finished six furlongs in 1:09.54 for his fourth victory from 10 career starts.

Champali, the 2-1 favorite under Pat Day, finished third in a field of 11 3-year-olds. Ozzie Cat, a 70-1 shot, was fourth.

Cajun Beat, a Kentucky-bred gelding by Grand Slam, finished second to Valid Video in his previous start, the July 13 Carry Back at Calder's Summit of Speed.