11/03/2006 12:00AM

Euros dominate River City


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Play the overseas shippers in Breeders' Cup turf races, a school of thinking goes. Evidently, it also applies to the day before the Breeders' Cup. English-based Bayeux, making his U.S. debut, won the $150,000 River City Handicap with a powerful stretch run under jockey John Velazquez.

Owned by Michael Tabor and trained by Gerald Butler, Bayeux, a solid if unspectacular handicapper back home, got completely overlooked in the betting, paying $48.80 to win.

The second-place horse, Lord Admiral, ran just as well in defeat. Making his second start in the U.S. after finishing third in the Oak Tree Mile behind Aragorn, Lord Admiral was at the back of the pack turning for home, and jockey Mick Kinane had to extricate him from traffic before swinging to the outside for the stretch run. He narrowly outfinished Ballast, who had raced close to a slow pace and held a clear lead an eighth of a mile from the finish.

But Ballast was no match when Velazquez turned Bayeux loose. Stalking in fourth place through a half-mile in a slow 49.80 seconds, Bayeux was in the clear turning for home. Velazquez let him get fully poised, then gave him a crack of the whip, and Bayeux was off to the races. He won by 1 1/2 lengths, running the 1o1/8 miles on firm turf in 1:48.57.

Favored Art Master, third for trainer Bobby Frankel in the Kelso Handicap in his U.S. debut, never was a factor Friday, finishing seventh. Nor was sixth-place Courtnall, whose connections hoped to run him in the Breeders' Cup Mile after a second-place finish in the Oak Tree Mile.- Marcus Hersh

Unbridled Sidney turns it on (again)

Unbridled Sidney had run some freakish races on the Churchill turf, including a course-record five furlongs in 55.54 seconds in an overnight stakes in July 2005. Nonetheless, mostly because of her in-and-out record since, the 5-year-old mare was dismissed at 9-1 when facing 11 other turf-sprint specialists in the $285,000 Cherokee Run Stakes.

But Unbridled Sidney ran freakishly again. Ridden by Corey Lanerie, she led throughout, never allowing her opposition to get into the five-furlong race. And when she crossed the wire in 56.08 seconds, she still had 1 1/4 lengths on Smart Enough, a multiple-stakes-winning 3-year-old, who had another 1 1/2 lengths on T.D. Vance, another multiple stakes winner. Around the Cape, the 7-2 favorite, finished fourth.

Unbridled Sidney is owned by Douglas and Norrine Devenport and trained by Ronny Werner. She paid $21.20 for her seventh win from 18 career starts.

* Sangrita ($11.20) won Thursday's Grade 2, $170,250 Chilukki Stakes, bringing trainer Michael Matz and jockey Edgar Prado back together in the Churchill Downs winner's circle for the first time since May 6, when they won the Kentucky Derby with Barbaro.