01/02/2010 12:00AM

Cup winners cranking up for 2010

Barbara D. Livingston
She Be Wild is targeting the Forward Gal or Davona Dale.

HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Although many of the 14 Breeders' Cup winners from 2009 have either been retired or laid up until the spring, three are in training at Gulfstream Park and are expected to race this winter. They are She Be Wild, winner of the

She Be Wild had her first recorded work since her three-quarter-length victory over Beautician in the Juvenile Fillies when breezing a half-mile in 47.20 seconds here last week. Trainer Wayne Catalano said he's not sure when the daughter of Offlee Wild will make her 3-year-old bow.

"I gave her a little breather after the Breeders' Cup, and she did get in a couple of two-minute gallops before she had her first regular work the other day," said Catalano, who has 51 horses in training in Florida this winter split nearly evenly between Gulfstream and Tampa Bay Downs. He is considering bringing She Be Wild back in the Forward Gal on Jan. 31 or the Davona Dale Feb. 27.

"Our two main goals at the moment are the Ashland and Kentucky Oaks," Catalano said.

Tapitsfly also got some time off after her half-length decision over Rose Catherine in the Juvenile Fillies Turf. She, too, has worked but once since her arrival in south Florida, going an easy half-mile in 48.60 on Dec. 24. Trainer Dale Romans has penciled in the Sweetest Chant at a mile over the turf on Jan. 17 for Tapitsfly's first start at 3.

Furthest Land has been the busiest of the locally based Breeders' Cup winners, having worked three times since arriving at Gulfstream, including a bullet five-eighths in 59.50 on Dec. 28. Furthest Land will ship out of town to begin his campaign, returning to the scene of his finest hour to run in Santa Anita's San Pasqual on Jan. 9 and the San Antonio on Feb. 7.

"We hope he's good enough to go to Dubai for the World Cup," trainer Mike Maker said.

Making plans for Sassy's Image

Romans said he remains uncertain as to when his other top 3-year-old filly, Sassy's Image, might return. Sassy's Image closed out her juvenile campaign with easy victories at Churchill Downs in the Grade 3 Pocahantas and Grade 2 Golden Rod stakes.

"I've given her a little break, too, and haven't really picked anything out for her just yet," said Romans. "Obviously, the main goal is to get her to the Oaks. I just haven't decided how we're going to get her there yet."

Maker picks up four from Stronach

Maker, the former longtime D. Wayne Lukas assistant who enjoyed a career-high 153 wins and $4.4 million in earnings in 2009, has added four horses from the high-profile Stronach Stables of Frank Stronach to his shed row. Maker has his main stable split between Gulfstream and the Palm Meadows training center while also maintaining smaller strings in Kentucky and New York.

"Training for Mr. Stronach obviously is a great opportunity," Maker said. "I've taken on one 4-year-old and three 3-year-olds for him."

Stronach is chairman of Magna Entertainment Corp., which owns Gulfstream.

* Longtime south Florida owner J. Robert Harris died on New Year's Day at the age of 91. Harris had horses with trainers Larry Geiger and Frank Gomez before transferring his stable to Eddie Plesa Jr. following the death of Gomez several years ago. Among his most notable runners were the stakes winners Thirty Zip and Rehoboth.

- additional reporting by Marty McGee