11/16/2005 12:00AM

Dollases can leave a bit richer

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Katdogawn, winning the WinStar Distaff, is the Cardinal highweight.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A sneak preview of winter rudely plunked itself down on the Churchill Downs backside Wednesday morning. Cincy Dollase, leading a horse to the racetrack, was braving the cold when she started second-guessing herself about why she was even there in the first place.

"California, here I come," said Dollase.

Cincy and her husband, trainer Wally Dollase, have lived and worked in Kentucky since March, having attempted to create a nice-weather circuit that combines the best eight months of Kentucky and the winter months back at their longtime residence in the suburbs of Los Angeles. And with the Churchill fall meet ending Nov. 26, it won't be long until they get out of the sub-freezing temperatures that suddenly enveloped this region after a lengthy stretch of ideal autumn weather.

Before they go, however, the Dollases would like to get a little shipping money, and they can do just that Saturday, when one of their stable stars, Katdogawn, carries high weight of 121 pounds in the Grade 3, $150,000 Cardinal Handicap. Katdogawn is expected to be part of a full field of 12 fillies and mares in the Cardinal, a 1 1/8-mile turf race.

Katdogawn is expected to face a trio of mares from the Bill Mott stable: Delta Princess and Noisette, each assigned 118 pounds, and Fast Cookie, 115. Other probable starters are Classic Stamp, 117; Movie Star, 117; Shaconage, 116; and May Gator, 115.

The secondary feature here Saturday will be the $70,800 Grand Canyon, for 2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on turf. The Sunday feature is the Grade 3, $150,000 River City Handicap, the male counterpart to the Cardinal.

Dawn of War turned out

Dawn of War, upset winner of the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity last month at Keeneland, will not run in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes on closing day, said trainer Dale Romans. Dawn of War finished 11th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile on Oct. 29 in his last start of the year.

"We've already turned him out," said Romans.

The KJC Stakes drew 37 nominations and is expected to have Catcominatcha and High Cotton, the one-two finishers in the Nov. 5 Iroquois Stakes.

The KJC is one of four graded stakes that will be run here Thanksgiving weekend. The others are the Falls City Handicap on Thursday, the Clark Handicap on Friday, and the co-featured Golden Rod on closing day.

Funky Pirate's streak snapped at 7

All good things must end, and so it was with Funky Pirate's seven-race win streak. Funky Pirate, whose streak dated to April, finished second, beaten 10 3/4 lengths, behind Song Dancer in the second race Wednesday, a starter-allowance that was reduced to four starters after five horses were scratched.

Despite the loss, the race lent a measure of consolation to the family of Chris Herrell, the 31-year-old jockey who died last weekend in Louisville. Billy Hays, the owner of Funky Pirate, pledged whatever Funky Pirate earned Wednesday to Herrell's family. The runner-up finish netted $3,400.

Herrell rode Funky Pirate at River Downs in the April 22 race that began the winning streak.

Ellis not damaged further by storm

Despite being hit with seven inches of rain Tuesday night, Ellis Park did not sustain any further damage to its property, said Paul Kuerzi, general manager of the Henderson, Ky., track. Outlying areas got as much as nine inches of rain, according to weather reports.

Ellis reopened Wednesday for simulcasting for the first time since being damaged by a tornado Nov. 6.

"We had the place sealed up real tight in anticipation of the storm," said Kuerzi. "We had a few ceiling tiles drop here and there, but that's already fixed. Fortunately, things are back to normal - if there is anything such as 'normal' any more."

* As of Wednesday, this is the list of Kentucky Derby-winning connections scheduled to be here Saturday for the "Derby Legends Day" promotion: jockeys Steve Cauthen, Angel Cordero Jr., Jean Cruguet, Pat Day, Chris McCarron, Craig Perret, Jose Santos, Gary Stevens, and Ron Turcotte; trainers D. Wayne Lukas, Lynn Whiting, and Nick Zito; and owner Jack Knowlton of Sackatoga Stable.