10/25/2004 11:00PM

Dance Away Capote says run me

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Sense of Style (left) goes for a gallop under the supervision of Patrick Biancone, on lead pony.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Graham Motion wasn't necessarily planning to bring Dance Away Capote to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies. So, the filly decided to bring him.

By pairing up two strong efforts around two turns in a 13-day period, Dance Away Capote earned her shot at the $1 million Juvenile Fillies, and Motion certainly wasn't going to take it away from her.

"With a 2-year-old filly, you've got to make the most of it when you have the momentum," said Motion, who trains Dance Away Capote for Lyn Merritt's Pandora Farms. "When she ran so well [in the Alcibiades] it pushed us on to take a shot in this race."

Dance Away Capote, a daughter of 1986 Juvenile winner Capote, certainly has momentum after winning the Irish Sonnet Stakes at Delaware Park by 12 lengths and finishing a good fourth - beaten less than one length - in the Alcibiades at Keeneland.

In the Alcibiades, Dance Away Capote started from the outside post in a 10-horse field and broke outward. She was last, 10 lengths off the pace, before launching a five-wide bid leaving the backstretch and sustaining it through the lane.

"I'd have to say post position probably cost us the race," Motion said. "She was beaten a length for everything, had the outside post, a wide trip. Everybody talks about the trip Sense of Style had - I think we had as tough a trip as anybody."

That this will be Dance Away Capote's third race in five weeks is an "obvious concern'' for Motion, but he feels the filly has some points in her favor to lighten the worry. First, the Irish Sonnet was an easy race for Dance Away Capote. Second, her ability to relax early in her races enables Dance Away Capote to conserve energy.

"She's a high-energy horse in the mornings; it's surprising how very professional she is in the afternoon," Motion said. "She's so switched off, that's her biggest attribute."

Dance Away Capote will be the only member of the 14-horse field with more than one two-turn race.

"She's had pretty good seasoning around two turns." Motion said. "That'll benefit her on the day."

Sis City 'probably' coming, Dutrow says

It won't be official until she arrives, but all indications are that Sis City will run in the Juvenile Fillies.

"It looks like we're probably going to go, because these guys are excited about it and I can't take it away from them," trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said. "I think she's in over her head and we're running her back too quickly. If she had the right kind of timing and was the favorite for the race, I'd already have been there."

Dutrow said John Velazquez would ride Sis City, whom Dutrow claimed for $50,000 for an ownership group that includes New York Yankees manager Joe Torre.

Balletto fires bullet

Balletto, the Frizette winner, worked five furlongs in 59.87 seconds Tuesday morning over a fast Belmont Park main track. It was the fastest of 10 works at the distance. Under jockey Aaron Gryder, Balletto went the first three furlongs in 36 seconds and the final quarter in 23.87. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:13.

"She's never been a real flashy work filly but she really worked well this morning," trainer Tom Albertrani said. "It shows she's on top of her game. She did it very easy."

Balletto, owned by Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum's Darley Stud Management, was scheduled to arrive on Wednesday.

* Sweet Catomine, the Oak Leaf winner, jogged once around the Lone Star main track with the pony.