04/27/2004 11:00PM

Everything points to Sightseek


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Trainer Bobby Frankel is pretty confident Sightseek will be tough to beat in Friday's $300,000 Louisville Breeders' Cup Handicap - and why not? After all, at last check the 1 1/16-mile filly-and-mare fixture is still scheduled to be run at Churchill Downs, not Santa Anita.

Sightseek has lost all five of her races at Santa Anita but is unbeaten on dirt elsewhere. A daughter of Distant View, Sightseek has won nine of her 10 starts outside of California, with her lone setback coming over the Saratoga turf course in just the second start of her career. A three-time Grade 1 winner, she has banked more than $1.5 million for her owner-breeder, Juddmonte Farms.

Sightseek is also perfect at Churchill, where she posted an easy 4 1/2-length victory in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff on last year's Kentucky Derby undercard. Frankel nominated Sightseek to this year's seven-furlong Humana Distaff but has instead opted to keep her going a route of ground.

"I don't think she'll ever be seeing Santa Anita again," said Frankel, who shipped Sightseek to Kentucky from his Hollywood Park base last weekend. "She's a wonderful filly and is doing very well since she's been here."

Sightseek will pick up one pound off her 7 1/2-length triumph in Gulfstream Park's Grade 2 Rampart Handicap, and will carry 122 Friday. She will break from post 2 with regular rider Jerry Bailey aboard and will concede six to 11 pounds to her five rivals. My Ro was entered for the Grade 2 Louisville BC but will be scratched, according to trainer Dale Romans.

Lead Story is next in racing secretary Doug Bredar's weight assignments at 116 pounds. She has already proven no match for Sightseek, having finished a distant third in the Rampart, but figures to move forward returning to her home course. A 5-year-old daughter of Editor's Note, Lead Story has won four of eight career starts at Churchill, including the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap over a sloppy track in her 2003 finale.

Friday's early forecast at Churchill Downs calls for a chance of rain.

Yell has not won a race around two turns since her six-length victory in the Grade 2 Davona Dale Stakes in February 2003. She finished third in the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks last year at 3.

Rounding out the field are Cat Fighter, winner of Santa Anita's Grade 2 La Canada Stakes earlier this year; La Reason, who won the Bayakoa Stakes in her last start; and Grade 3 winner Pocus Hocus.