10/08/2007 11:00PM

Curlin, Street Sense breeze

EmailLEXINGTON, Ky. - Two of the marquee horses headed for the Breeders' Cup Classic both had half-mile maintenance works 75 miles and an hour apart Tuesday morning when Curlin breezed in 51.60 seconds over the Polytrack surface at Keeneland and Street Sense went in 48.40 over a fast main track at Churchill Downs.

Both works were routine. Curlin worked at about 6:30 a.m. Eastern under the cover of darkness with Carmen Rosas up, while Street Sense went at his usual time of about 7:30 with regular rider Calvin Borel aboard.

Street Sense, said trainer Carl Nafzger, "did everything good. It was a great workout, and I was very pleased."

Nafzger said he planned to get one more work into Street Sense at Churchill before sending the colt to Monmouth Park in New Jersey for the Oct. 27 BC Classic.

"We're going to leave here about the 18th or 19th," said Nafzger. "I want to be able to work him once over that track there at Monmouth."

The work was the first for Street Sense since he ran second to Hard Spun in the Sept. 29 Kentucky Cup Classic at Turfway Park, a race that moved his record on Polytrack to 0 for 3. In his two previous post-Polytrack efforts, Street Sense won the BC Juvenile and the Kentucky Derby.

Meanwhile, trainer Steve Asmussen described himself as happy with how Curlin has emerged from his narrow victory over Lawyer Ron in the Sept. 30 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park. Curlin was sent to Keeneland shortly after the Gold Cup, and the Tuesday work was his first serious training move since then.

Asmussen said he intends to keep Curlin at Keeneland until just a few days before the Breeders' Cup, meaning the colt likely will have two more works here before departing for Monmouth. He said the next work most likely will come Monday.

Dreaming of Anna heads probables for QEII

A large field of 3-year-old fillies is shaping up for the highlight of the race week at Keeneland, the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup on Saturday.

Dreaming of Anna, the 2-year-old filly champion of 2006 and a winner of her last three races, all on turf, is among the likely favorites for the $500,000 QEII, an invitational run at 1o1/8 miles on turf. One other graded race, the Grade 3, $200,000 Perryville Stakes, also will be on the Saturday card.

Besides Dreaming of Anna, other top QEII contenders include several fillies wheeling back from the Grade 1 Garden City last month at Belmont: Bit of Whimsy, Sharp Susan, Costume, and Rutherienne.

Entries for Saturday were to be drawn Wednesday, and among the other fillies expected to accept QEII invitations were Callwood Dancer, Classic Neel, Coquerelle, Good Mood, Spenditallbaby, Street Sounds, and Touch My Soul.

The Perryville is for 3-year-olds at the Beard Course distance of seven furlongs and 184 feet on Polytrack. Probables include Demarcation, Front Court, Quietly Mine, Steve's Double, Three Twenty Three, Tortuga Straits, and Winyah.

Many sports fans in the local area may skip out early, if not altogether, on the Saturday card. The once-beaten University of Kentucky football team hosts the nation's No. 1-ranked team, Louisiana State University, in a game that will kick off at 3:30 p.m. The game is being televised nationally by CBS.

Teuflesberg's surgery delayed

Surgery was postponed until Thursday for Teuflesberg because the colt had a low white blood-cell count, according to trainer Jamie Sanders. Surgery had been scheduled for Monday to repair the sesamoid injuries the colt sustained when he broke down Saturday during the Phoenix Stakes at Keeneland.

Dr. Larry Bramlage is scheduled to perform the surgery at the Rood and Riddle clinic in Lexington. The delay is "not that big a deal," according to Sanders. "Dr. Bramlage didn't want to take any chance on him being under anesthesia and everything not being perfect."

In the meantime, Teuflesberg is resting relatively comfortably in his stall, said Sanders, although "he's always been high maintenance. We've got babysitters, people who know him, who are in his stall with him around the clock. He's a very excitable horse, and when his sedation starts to wear off, he can be a handful. We're just trying to keep him as comfortable as we can."

Zanjero gets extended vacation

Zanjero, a drawing-off winner of the Indiana Derby last Saturday night at Hoosier Park, will not proceed to the BC Dirt Mile, said Asmussen. Rather, the colt is through for the year.

"I'm going to give him the rest of the year off," he said. "He's had a long, hard year, and I want to have him ready for a big 4-year-old year."

Meanwhile, another recent Asmussen winner, Storm Treasure, will make his next start in a second-level allowance race early in the Churchill fall meet, which begins Oct. 28. After the 4-year-old colt went last-to-first to win a first-level allowance here last Friday, Asmussen shook his head and said: "It's pretty amazing to have a horse that had already won almost $350,000 still eligible for an 'a-other-than.' "

Indeed, Storm Treasure was stakes-placed on numerous occasions and entered the opening-day race with earnings of $337,352.