10/20/2004 11:00PM

Film Maker deserves another shot


Film Maker will be one of the longshots on the tote board when she goes postward in the Filly and Mare Turf on Breeders' Cup Day. But her trainer, Graham Motion, thinks she has just about as good a chance as any of the other U.S.-based horses pre-entered for the race.

"Ouija Board is clearly the favorite if she stays in the race, but other than her, I think my filly is as good as any of the others," said Motion, who will also saddle Dance Away Capote in the Juvenile Fillies and Better Talk Now in the Turf. "We've been a little unlucky in our last two starts. She could have won either of those races with a better trip, and she's only two lengths away from having won her last four starts."

Film Maker finished fourth, beaten a length by Riskaverse, in the Flower Bowl Invitational this month. Prior to that outing she finished third, a half-length behind Arvada, in the 1 3/8-mile Glens Falls Handicap, won the Grade 3 All Along at Colonial Downs, and missed by a half-length to Ocean Drive in the Grade 3 Gallorette.

"She came down with colic two weeks before the Beverly D., and missing that race really messed up our schedule during the fall," said Motion. "We've been playing catch-up ever since. But she's caught up now, and I expect her to run a big race in the Breeders' Cup or we wouldn't be making the trip."

Film Maker is stabled in Maryland. She was to have her final Breeders' Cup work on Friday, breezing seven furlongs over the wood-chip track at Fair Hills. She is scheduled to fly to Texas on Tuesday.

Wonder Again also finished off the board in the Flower Bowl, coming in sixth as the 4-5 favorite. But like Motion, her trainer, James Toner, believes his filly can rebound with a big effort in the Breeders' Cup.

"She got a little bump in the road in New York," Toner said. "Maybe having two months off worked against her, but she deserves to be there next Saturday. Like everybody else we're sitting back and waiting to see what Ouija Board does, but other than that filly, it figures to be a very interesting race."

Toner sent Wonder Again, a notoriously bad shipper, to Texas earlier this week and said she has settled in nicely since her arrival at Lone Star.

"I wanted to get her there early to cover our bases and allow some leeway in case there was a problem, but fortunately she's acclimated nicely," said Toner. "She's already galloped over the track the last two mornings. I was planning on working her five furlongs on Sunday, but might move it up to Saturday because of the weather."