10/08/2004 11:00PM

Easy score for Nothing to Lose

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Nothing to Lose with Robby Albarado up wins the 2004 Shadwell Turf Mile on Saturday at Keeneland Race Course.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - As if he didn't have enough bullets going into the Breeders' Cup, owner Ken Ramsey added another in his Texas holster when his homebred Nothing to Lose swept to a dominating triumph Saturday in the $600,000 at Keeneland.

Ramsey, who with his wife, Sarah, already had Kitten's Joy and Roses in May as major contenders in other Breeders' Cup races, now has Nothing to Lose as one of the probable favorites for the BC Mile on Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park.

"Oh my gosh," said Ramsey, nearly overwhelmed by his recent run of success. "This is the biggest roll of my life. This is unbelievable, it really is."

Nothing to Lose, trained by Bobby Frankel, was the morning-line favorite in the Grade 1 Shadwell Mile, yet still returned what turned out to be an overlaid $11.20 as co-third choice in a field of nine older horses.

After relaxing early when kept well off the pace by Robby Albarado, Nothing to Lose, a 4-year-old Sky Classic colt, swept around the field in the far turn, making the lead in midstretch and finishing 4 1/2 lengths clear of 10-1 shot Honor in War. Silver Tree, the 4-1 second choice, was another three-quarters of a length back in third, while Perfect Soul, the 2003 Shadwell winner and the 2-1 favorite Saturday, flattened out in the turn to finish seventh

Honor in War, second in the Shadwell last year, also made a looping move in the far turn to end a $2 exacta that paid $152.80. Trainer Paul McGee said Honor in War is very unlikely to try the BC Mile and will be pointed to the River City Handicap next month at Churchill Downs.

Besides Perfect Soul, the other disappointment in the race was Sweet Return, who pressed the pace set by Warleigh before fading to sixth.

Nothing to Lose was coming off a victory in the Grade 2 Fourstardave at Saratoga. He now has won six of 13 starts and earned just over $800,000. His winning time was 1:35.55 over a firm course.

* On the afternoon that Shadwell Farm sponsored the richest race of the meet, the breeding establishment recouped a portion of their investment when Mustanfar, carrying their blue and white silks, flew past a solid field of older horses to win the $152,300 Sycamore Stakes at 1 1/2 miles on turf.

Mustanfar, the lone 3-year-old in the field, returned $7.80 after prevailing by three lengths over Deputy Strike. Rochester was third, and Denon, the 3-2 favorite, faded to fifth.

Jose Santos was aboard Mustanfar for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. "I just waited until the last quarter and he took off," said Santos.