09/29/2008 11:00PM

Consequence out to earn BC berth


ELMONT, N.Y. - Sixteen years ago, Educated Risk finished second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. That mare's connections are hoping she has finally produced a foal that can do her one better.

Consequence, owned by the Phipps family and trained by Shug McGaughey, will attempt to earn her way into the inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf when she heads a full field of 12 entered in Wednesday's $150,000 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont Park. The Grade 3 race, postponed to Wednesday from Sunday by track management, is part of the Breeders' Cup Win and You're In program.

"I think she's that kind of filly," said McGaughey.

After a weekend of wet weather that prompted the postponement of this race and the Pilgrim, dry conditions prevailed Monday. However, rain was forecast Tuesday into Wednesday, meaning the turf could still be soft. Consequence handled a "good" Saratoga turf course when she won her debut at 5 1/2 furlongs.

"I wasn't surprised," McGaughey said about her debut. "She got bumped around leaving the gate pretty good."

McGaughey said that jockey John Velazquez told him, "She handled all that fine and when he asked her she was there."

The added distance should be a plus for Consequence - the eighth foal produced by Educated Risk - even if soft turf is an unknown.

"It's not a concern; it's just, who knows?" McGaughey said. "If the sun stays out and the wind's blowing like this and low humidity, and we don't get the rain they're talking about Wednesday, the turf should be fine."

Trainer David Donk sends out a pair of maidens in the Miss Grillo. Pumpkin Shell has gone winless in two sprints on dirt, but she is a half-sister to Pays to Dream, a Donk-trained graded stakes winner on turf. Freedom Rings finished third in a New York-bred maiden turf race before finishing second, beaten nearly 10 lengths, in the off-the-turf Fairway Stakes at Delaware Park.

"I'm pretty confident running both fillies that they're going to run very well," Donk said.

Maram, trained by Chad Brown, is the lone member of the field to have won at the 1 1/16-mile distance, though it was for a $75,000 claiming tag.

"She ran like a horse that had a couple of starts," Brown said. "She's trained well since and we're real excited to see how she fits with some of the other grass fillies."

Casanova Move, who has made all three of her starts on dirt, impressed trainer Jimmy Jerkens with her lone turf work.