01/17/2007 12:00AM

Dirt or turf next for 'Anna'?


HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. - Trainer Wayne Catalano still has some decisions to make when it comes to Dreaming of Anna's next start, but there is no doubt how the undefeated Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies winner is training up to her much-anticipated 3-year-old debut.

Dreaming of Anna, the likely Eclipse Award 2-year-old filly champion, worked five furlongs in 1:00 under jockey Edgar Prado over the main track at Palm Meadows on Wednesday.

"She worked super today and couldn't be doing better," Catalano said. "I worked her the last three times on turf, so I thought I'd put her on the dirt today just to see how she's doing in case I decide to bring her back on the dirt. And she handled it well."

Catalano has yet to confirm when or over what surface Dreaming of Anna will race when she makes her first start since her BC Juvenile Fillies victory. He has narrowed the choices to one of two races on Feb. 10 - the Grade 3, 6 1/2-furlong Old Hat, or the Grade 2, one-mile Davona Dale - or the 1 1/16-mile Gaily Gaily on Feb. 25. Both the Old Hat and Davona Dale will be run over the main track, while the Gaily Gaily is scheduled for turf.

Catalano also needs to find a new rider for Dreaming of Anna. Rene Douglas, who was aboard for each of her last two victories, is currently barred from riding at Gulfstream Park by track management because he is one of 10 jockeys involved in an investigation by the Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau.

Edgar Prado and John Velazquez are the front-runners to fill the vacancy, Catalano said, adding that owner Frank Calabrese will make the decision.

"I do not have a jockey yet," said Catalano. "Edgar happened to be around the barn this morning and asked me how the filly was doing, and I told him she was just getting ready to breeze, so he volunteered to work her. That's how that came about. It will probably be Edgar or John Velazquez."

Take D' Tour on the fence

Trainer David Fawkes also has a decision to make about where he will run his Grade 1 winner Take D' Tour on Sunshine Millions Day. His options are either the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff at Santa Anita or the $1 million Classic against males at Gulfstream.

"I've cross entered her in both races and probably won't make a decision until the weekend," said Fawkes shortly after he finished galloping Take D' Tour at Calder on Wednesday morning. "We want to sit down and look over the past performances for both races, see what the competition will be like as well as the pace scenarios in the two races."

Fawkes said no matter which race he chooses, Take D' Tour will have her final work on Sunday. If she does go to the Distaff, she will fly to California next Wednesday.

"She's doing great," said Fawkes. "I just got off her and I'm sweating like crazy she's pulling so hard."

Take D' Tour, winner of the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps Handicap in June, rebounded from a poor effort in the Grade 1 Beldame with a pair of easy stakes wins at Calder to close out her 2006 campaign.

Pre-entries for the eight Sunshine Millions races closed Wednesday. Final entries for all eight events will be drawn Sunday.

Rampart a possibility for Round Pond

Dreaming of Anna was joined on Wednesday's workout tab at Palm Meadows by Breeders' Cup Distaff winner Round Pond, who breezed a half-mile in 47.80 seconds. Trainer Michael Matz has said he could bring Round Pond back in the Grade 2 Rampart here March 11 or perhaps on the turf. Her first major goal will be the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap at Oaklawn Park.

Wednesday's work tab at Gulfstream also included prominent names Grecian Lover, Adore the Gold, and Precious Kitten.

Grecian Lover worked a bullet half-mile in 46.80 for trainer Allen Jerkens in preparation for the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint, where she will be joined by her Grade 1-winning stablemate Swap Fliparoo.

Adore the Gold also earned a bullet after going five furlongs in 58.60. The 3-year-old Adore the Gold captured 3 of 4 starts at 2, with his lone loss coming in the Grade 3 Nashua Stakes.

Precious Kitten, half-sister to Eclipse Award winner Kitten's Joy, breezed an easy five-eighths in 1:02. Precious Kitten closed out her 2006 season winning the Grade 22 Mrs. Revere Stakes in her first start since being transferred to trainer Bobby Frankel.