10/14/2004 11:00PM

Figures place High Limit among best


Remember the name High Limit. Based on his career debut Oct. 4 at Delaware Park, High Limit, a 2-year-old son of Maria's Mon, could turn out to be something special.

Despite breaking from the rail, which can be intimidating for a young horse, High Limit had no problems demolishing a field of maiden special weight sprinters by 10 3/4 lengths, running six furlongs in 1:10.03. That translated into a 90 Beyer Speed Figure.

By comparison, that figure is only four points less than the one Proud Accolade earned winning last weekend's Grade 1 Champagne in New York and matches the figure Afleet Alex earned for his win in the Grade 1 Hopeful at seven furlongs in August.

"He was obviously the best thing by far I had in my barn, and I had 40 2-year-olds this year," said trainer Anthony Dutrow of High Limit, purchased at the 2003 Keeneland September sale for $145,000 by Gary and Mary West. "In the morning, he led me to believe he was a runner. He has a great pedigree to get two turns, so I have always been looking forward to him."

Dutrow has no definite plans for High Limit's next start, but said High Limit still has much to prove, including how he will react the first time he gets dirt thrown back at him in a race.

"He has got to prove that he can overcome some problems in a race," Dutrow said. "We have yet to see that and we will probably see it in his next race or two."

'Capote' likely for BC Juvenile Fillies

Trainer Graham Motion is leaning toward taking Dance Away Capote to Lone Star Park for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies after she finished fourth, beaten less than a length, in the Grade 2 Alcibiades.

Motion said he was impressed with the way Dance Away Capote, who broke last from post 10 on a track that seemed to favor front-runners, made a big sweeping move on the turn under jockey Ramon Dominguez before flattening out in the drive. It was just the fourth lifetime start for Dance Away Capote, and her second around two turns.

"The post position really hurt her," Motion said. "Ramon did all he could do. He just dropped her over to the rail coming out of the gate. And I think she got a little tired from having to make such a big run.

"On a speed-favoring track, starting from the 10-hole, you start off at a huge disadvantage," he said. "I think based on that, and because she is obviously doing well, she deserves a shot," Motion said, referring to the BC Juvenile Fillies.

Lyracist goes out with a stakes win

Lyracist saved his best performance of 2004 for the last race of his career.

Winless in nine previous starts this season, Lyracist, an 8-year-old, showed flashes of his old form when he won the $100,000 Kelso Handicap at Delaware by two lengths Oct. 2. It was his first stakes win since February 2002 at Laurel Park.

Lyracist, trained by Mike Petro, wound up with a career record of 12-11-15 in 69 starts with earnings of $589,956. His favorite track was clearly Delaware, where he had 9 wins, 8 seconds, and 8 thirds in 43 starts with earnings of $417,728.

According to Petro, details of the plans for Lyracist have not been completed. He will either stand at stud or become an equestrian jumper.