10/08/2003 11:00PM

Falbrav may opt for BC Classic


Falbrav is almost certain to be at Santa Anita on Breeders' Cup day, but the six-time Group 1 winner could be rerouted from the Turf to the Classic.

With Mineshaft, Candy Ride and Empire Maker all Classic defectors, trainer Luca Cumani is contemplating a switch to the Classic. If that is the ultimate decision, it would be Falbrav's first run on dirt after 24 starts on turf.

"The Turf is still our first choice, but we are talking about the Classic," Cumani said. "It would be taking a big chance, but a victory in the Classic would give him a big boost as a stallion prospect."

Running Falbrav in the Classic would cost his owners Scuderia Rencati and Teruya Yoshida $360,000. His supplementary fee for the Turf is $180,000.

* Juddmonte Farms European racing manager Teddy Grimthorpe has warned that Nebraska Tornado, under consideration for both the Filly & Mare Turf and the Mile, may not run in either. With Juddmonte's Amercan trainer Bobby Frankel running Heat Haze and Tates Creek in the Filly & Mare Turf and John Gosden preparing his British sprinter Oasis Dream for the Mile, Nebraska Tornado may be left out of Juddmonte's Breeders' Cup mix. A final decision, however, has not yet been made concerning the winner of both the 1 5/16-mile French Oaks and the one-mile Prix du Moulin de Longchamp.