10/24/2004 11:00PM

First big wave arrives from Europe, California

Artie Schiller, a Mile contender who shipped Sunday for trainer Jimmy Jerkens, gets familiar with the Lone Star racing strip on Monday.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Nearly two dozen horses flew to Texas on Monday for Breeders' Cup races, with Pleasantly Perfect leading an 11-horse charge from Southern California and Ouija Board among 11 from Europe.

The contingent from California arrived at the track at 11:30 a.m. Central while a flight from Europe set down in Texas at about 3 p.m. Both flights carried horses for other stakes at Lone Star during Breeders' Cup week. In all, close to 200 horses are coming in for races this week, said Dale Coleman, Lone Star's stall superintendent.

The European flight brought horses from England, France, and Ireland, and left Ireland for Texas at 6:10 a.m. Central time, said Pam Blatz-Murff, vice president of operations for the Breeders' Cup. She said the flight's duration was 8 hours and 50 minutes. Horses on board were Ouija Board (Turf or Filly and Mare Turf), Powerscourt (Turf), Scandinavia (Juvenile), Antonius Pius (Mile), Yesterday (Filly and Mare Turf), Mona Lisa (Juvenile Fillies), Six Perfections (Mile), Nebraska Tornado (Distaff or Filly and Mare Turf), Diamond Green (Mile), Whipper (Mile), and Wilko (Juvenile).

Also onboard was Grand Reward, who is nominated to both the Grade 3, $250,000 Lone Star Derby and the $100,000 Texas Turf Stakes.

All of the European horses will be stabled in a quarantine barn near the sales pavilion at the front of the backstretch. They are expected to be quarantined for approximately 48 hours and, following clearance of blood samples, will be allowed to resume training. Blood was to be drawn upon their arrival and was to be sent by a Lear jet to a lab in Aimes, Iowa, said Blatz-Murff.

Personal Rush (Classic) and Aubonne (Filly and Mare Turf) are two other foreigners competing in the Breeders' Cup, but both have been in North America long enough to clear quarantine and will just be in isolation in the same barn. Personal Rush, who last raced in Japan, arrived from Southern California on Monday, while Aubonne, who last raced at Belmont, was to arrive from New York on Tuesday, said Blatz-Murff.

The quarantine barn was part of the permanent improvements made to Lone Star for the Breeders' Cup and consists of 22 stalls.

Other Breeders' Cup horses arriving from California were Sweet Catomine (Juvenile Fillies), Special Ring (Mile), Blackdoun (Mile), Katdogawn (Filly and Mare Turf), Moscow Burning (Filly and Mare Turf), Singletary (Mile), Our New Recruit (Sprint), My Cousin Matt (Sprint), and Sharp Lisa (Juvenile Fillies).

'Dance Away' has all-weather work

Dance Away Capote, a candidate for the Juvenile Fillies, had her final workout in relative anonymity on Monday when she breezed a half-mile over the Keeneland training track's new all-weather surface.

"They didn't even have a clocker there but I caught her in 50 and change," said trainer Graham Motion, who postponed the work one day due to heavy rain in the Lexington, Ky., area on Sunday.

"This new racetrack they have at Keeneland is unbelievable," said Motion. "In fact, if I had known it was this good, I could have worked her Sunday rain and all. But logistically this worked out better for us because now she will fly out Tuesday and will be on the same plane along with my other two Breeders' Cup starters."

Motion, who will also start Film Maker in the Filly and Mare Turf and Better Talk Now in the Turf, said he was pleased with Dance Away Capote's final tuneup.

"She really didn't need to do much more than blow out," said Motion. "Right now, the main thing is getting them to the race in one piece. So many things can happen, especially to a young horse, in the final days before an important race."

Dance Away Capote earned a berth in the Juvenile Fillies when finishing fourth, beaten less than a length by Runway Model, in Keeneland's Grade 2 Alcibiades on Oct. 8.

Artie Schiller to work Wednesday

Artie Schiller, who is pre-entered in the Mile, is scheduled to work on turf Wednesday, said his trainer, Jimmy Jerkens.

"He'll go a sharp half and gallop out five-eighths," he said.

Jockey Shannon Uske will likely work Artie Schiller.

Artie Schiller flew in from New York on Sunday, and in preparation for the warmer temperatures in Texas, had his hair clipped before traveling.

"He didn't have a whole lot of hair, but we clipped him anyway," said Jerkens.

Artie Schiller galloped 1 3/8 miles about 6:30 a.m. on Monday, said Jerkens. He will be shooting for his third straight win on Saturday. He has won the Grade 2 Hall of Fame and the Grade 2 Jamaica in his last two starts and has a 7-for-12 record and earnings of $555,853.

- additional reporting by Mike Welsch