10/13/2009 11:00PM

Field in flux for Filly and Mare Turf

Email

Decision time is fast approaching for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Santa Anita on Nov. 6.

With pre-entries due Oct. 26, there are a lot of "maybes" among notable prospects.

Trainer Bill Mott said Dynaforce, winner of the at Belmont Park on Oct. 3.

"The entry and running fees are so big you've got to think you've got a good chance to win before you make that decision," he said.

Trainer Christophe Clement is considering the BC Filly and Mare Turf for Rutherienne, who won the at Belmont Park on Sept. 19. Another possibility is the $200,000 Las Palmas Handicap on the same day at Santa Anita.

"She will go to California for her next start," Clement said Wednesday.

International racing officials expect a small team of challengers for the Filly and Mare Turf, the richest turf race for females in North America. Dar Re Mi, a multiple stakes winner, and Midday, the 3-year-old Group 1 winner, are candidates, although Dar Re Mi also is being seriously considered for the BC Turf against males. The E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday features a guaranteed berth to the Filly and Mare Turf, subject to the payment of entry fees, and could produce a contender.

There are two prominent Filly-Mare Turf starters for the American team - Magical Fantasy, who won the at Keeneland last Saturday.

The First Lady Stakes was run on a soft turf course, and Forever Together seems best on firmer ground. She is likely to get that at Santa Anita early next month.