09/02/2008 12:00AM

Contenders being sorted for Arc, BC


Leopardstown, Longchamp, and Baden-Baden will be the sites of major preps for Arc Weekend and the Breeders' Cup during the next two weeks, when most of the leading contenders for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe will be running, along with a number of Breeders' Cup probables.

Getaway booked his Oct. 5 ticket to the Arc with a one-length victory over Doctor Dino in the 1 9/16-mile Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville on Sunday. Fourth in last year's Arc, the Andre Fabre-trained, German-bred Getaway has always been at his best in the autumn and holds a dark-horse chance in Europe's most prestigious event.

Trainer Richard Gibson is keeping all options open for Doctor Dino, who was spotting Getaway four pounds at Deauville. Last year's Man o' War winner, Doctor Dino is most likely to head for the Canadian International on Oct. 4 before seeking a repeat victory in the Hong Kong Vase on Dec. 7.

Arc clues will abound this Sunday at Leopardstown, where Duke of Marmalade and New Approach will clash again in the 1 1/4-mile Irish Champion Stakes. Duke of Marmalade, a son of Danehill, beat New Approach into third in the Juddmonte International Stakes on Aug. 23. While Duke of Marmalade's trainer, Aidan O'Brien, is a bit worried about the quick return for the colt, all systems are go for his attempt at a sixth consecutive Group 1 triumph.

Meanwhile, Jim Bolger has been working hard to get his Epsom Derby winner, New Approach, to settle early on. Rankness cost New Approach, who has been mentioned for both the Arc and the Breeders' Cup Classic, any chance he might have had in the Juddmonte.

Plans for Duke of Marmalade are up in the air, especially after O'Brien said that his Coronation Cup winner, Soldier of Fortune, would head to the Arc without benefit of a prep off an improbable 14-week layoff since his second-place finish in the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud on June 29.

Two horses who will not be at Longchamp for the Arc are Oriental Tiger and Admire Jupiter. The seven-length winner of Cologne's Group 1 Rheinland-Pokal on Aug. 17, Oriental Tiger suffered a hairline fracture during the race. Admire Jupiter has remained in Japan, but his Arc-bound countrymate Meisho Samson is in Chantilly and might go in Longchamp's Prix Foy on Sept. 14.

Sunday's 1 1/2-mile Grosser Preis von Baden will feature Arc possibles Adlerflug and Kamsin. The last two winners of the German Derby could meet a George Strawbridge-owned Dynaformer 4-year-old, Lucarno. Last year's St. Leger winner, Lucarno took the Group 2 Princess of Wales's Stakes at Newmarket in July.

Zarkava maintained her 7-2 Arc favoritism after a sharp work at Chantilly on Tuesday. The unbeaten winner of the French 1000 Guineas and French Oaks, she will get an Arc course-and-distance prep in the Prix Vermeille on Sept. 14, when the French Derby winner, Vision d'Etat, will go in the Prix Niel.

This Sunday's one-mile Prix du Moulin de Longchamp features Europe's leading miler, Henrythenavigator. Earmarked by Aidan O'Brien for the Breeders' Cup Classic, he could face ace milers Tamayuz, Goldikova, Darjina, and Natagora in a race that will have major implications for the Breeders' Cup Mile.