Updated on 09/15/2011 2:12PM

Countdown to the Cup: F&M Turf (10/11)


Spook Express is in, Aquarelliste is out, and both Janet and Tout Charmant remain on the fence following the final major weekend of preps for the $1 million Filly and Mare Turf.

Trainer Tom Skiffington confirmed Wednesday that Spook Express owners Janice and Robert Aron decided to put up $200,000 to supplement the mare to the Filly and Mare Turf following her last-to-first victory in Keeneland's WinStar Galaxy Stakes.

"It's a bad bet to put up $200,000 for what you get back, but the main reason the Arons decided to do it is that it appears whoever wins the Breeders' Cup has a pretty good shot at winning the Eclipse Award," Skiffington said. "And how many chances do you get to race a champion?

"The best thing about the WinStar is that my horse didn't have a hard race," Skiffington added. "If she had, I probably wouldn't run her back in three weeks. But she really only ran about a quarter of a mile and Mike [jockey Mike Smith] never touched the whip."

Trainer Ron McAnally remained undecided about sending Tout Charmant back for another try at the Filly and Mare Turf following her troubled fourth-place finish in the Galaxy, in which she was making only her second start of the year. Tout Charmant was runner-up to Perfect Sting in the 2000 Filly and Mare Turf.

"It's possible but not definite she'll go to the Breeders' Cup," McAnally said. "Right now it's a day-to-day proposition. I'll take her back to California, check out the opposition, she how she's doing, and then make a decision in about 10 days."

Unlike Spook Express, Janet could be supplemented to the Filly and Mare Turf at a cost of only $90,000. And while no definite decision has been made on her status, it appears that trainer Darrell Vienna and owner Jed Cohen are "leaning towards going," according to Vienna's assistant, Scott Chaney.

He said that flight arrangements to the Breeders' Cup site in New York have been made for Janet, the upset winner of last week's Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon Handicap.

Aquarelliste finished second behind Sakhee in the Arc de Triomphe for her first loss in five career starts. After the race her connections said they will pass the Breeders' Cup and put away the 3-year-old Aquarelliste for the rest of this year.

The last major prep for the Filly and Mare Turf is Saturday at Keeneland, when Voodoo Dancer heads a field that includes Snow Dance and Golden Apples in the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.