10/22/2004 11:00PM

Enduring Will out with illness


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Enduring Will became the second filly in two days to defect from the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies when she spiked a temperature and was declared from the race Saturday by trainer Al Stall Jr. Sis City was withdrawn on Friday.

Enduring Will was pointed for the Breeders' Cup after a 10-length win in the $100,000 Silver Spur Breeders' Cup at host site Lone Star Park on Oct. 1. She came down with a fever on Thursday.

"Basically it's a bug," said Stall. "It started a couple of nights ago and we rode it out a day or two. I feel bad for [owner] Michael Rainier, who is from Dallas."

Enduring Will is based at Louisiana Downs. Stall said she will spend the winter at Fair Grounds. He said one option for Enduring Will later this year is the $250,000 Delta Princess Stakes on the $1 million Delta Jackpot undercard on Dec. 4 at Delta Downs.

Enduring Will has won two of three starts and was to be ridden in the Breeders' Cup by Lonnie Meche.

The defection of Enduring Will enables Quiet Honor to get into the field. Quiet Honor, a daughter of Real Quiet, won her maiden at first asking, taking a 6 1/2-furlong maiden race by five lengths at Santa Anita on Oct. 10. Trainer and part-owner Paula Capestro said she believes the farther Quiet Honor goes, the better she will be.

"This filly I think cries for distance," Capestro said. "I took a chance, actually, running her short. I thought we wouldn't have enough speed to go short, so she impressed the heck out of me."

Capestro said Tyler Baze would ride Quiet Honor in the Juvenile Fillies. Quiet Honor was scheduled to breeze Sunday and may not ship to Texas until Thursday.

Noseda says Wilko ready for Juvenile

Wilko did his final bit of work at trainer Jeremy Noseda's Shafleet training center in England on Saturday. No time or distance was available for the move, which was done in company with a couple of older horses, according to Noseda.

"He worked this morning; we're very happy with him," said Noseda, who was in Canada to saddle Ecomium in Sunday's Canadian International. "He's in good shape. Everything's on schedule."

Wilko is scheduled to ship to Texas on Monday with the rest of the European-based Breeders' Cup runners. After the race, Wilko will stay in America with California-based trainer Craig Dollase. Frankie Dettori will ride Wilko in the Juvenile.

Wilko, a son of Awesome Again, has a record of 2-3-4 from 10 starts. Noseda said he believes Wilko is bred to handle the dirt and get the 1 1/16-mile distance of the Juvenile.

"He's already run over a mile and shows he stays it well," Noseda said. "He's tough, he's seasoned; if he handles the dirt, he belongs in the race."

Double duty for some riders

A number of riders in town for the Breeders' Cup on Saturday will ride in the International Jockey Championship on Thursday. The three-race competition is modeled after the annual All-Star Jockey Championship that is held each spring at Lone Star. This year, the Jockey Championship was moved to the fall to build up excitement during Breeders' Cup week.

The nine riders competing in the International Jockey Champion-ship are Jerry Bailey, Pat Day, Kent Desormeaux, Edgar Prado, Frankie Dettori, Jose Santos, Christophe Soumillon, Kieren Fallon, and Jamie Spencer.

The races that will make up the championship are the sixth, seventh, and ninth. Each is a starter race with a purse ranging from $40,000 to $60,000.

Chipping in for Super Brand's fee

The owners of Super Brand will pay an extra $200,000 just to run their horse in the $1 million Filly and Mare Turf because she is a 20 percent supplemental entry. She figures to be one of the longest prices in the field.

Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said the arithmetic doesn't make a lot of sense, but some extenuating circumstances make the decision easier to understand.

"Super Brand is owned by Team Valor," McLaughlin said, "and there are 50 owners involved with the horse. So while it might be tough for a single owner to write out a check for $200,000 to run in this race, it's a lot easier for each of her owners to put up $4,000 apiece, especially since all of them want to have a horse in the Breeders' Cup."

Super Brand, a South African-bred, has made two starts since coming to the United States this season. She finished third, beaten less than a length, in the restricted De la Rose Stakes coming off a 5 1/2-month layoff this summer at Saratoga, then was a game second, a half-length behind Stay Forever, in Keeneland's Grade 2 WinStar Galaxy.

Zito horses arrive safely

Belmont and Travers winner Birdstone, who will run in the Breeders' Cup Classic, and Sun King, who is one of the top choices in the Juvenile, arrived safely at Lone Star on Saturday afternoon.

Those two, along with stablemates Pies Prospect and Seek Gold, arrived on a flight from Albany, N.Y., that trainer Nick Zito chartered for his horses alone.

A third Breeders' Cup runner from Zito's barn, the Juvenile Fillies contender In the Gold, is at Keeneland will not arrive until later in the week.

- additional reporting by David Grening, Jay Privman, and Mike Welsch