05/23/2006 12:00AM

Flint spots Red Cherries Spin on turf


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Bernie Flint took a quick look at the Black-Eyed Susan Stakes and didn't like what he saw. Flint scratched Red Cherries Spin last Friday from the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico knowing full well there would be more appealing spots for the filly.

Sure enough, a $70,000 allowance was waiting at Churchill Downs for Red Cherries Spin, the one-time claimer who forced the pace to deep stretch in the May 5 Kentucky Oaks before finishing sixth, ultimately being placed fifth on the disqualification of Bushfire. Flint said there were multiple factors involving his decision to scratch from the Black-Eyed Susan, which was won by Regal Engagement on the disqualification of Smart N Pretty.

"I would've been asking her to come back a little too quick after the Oaks," said Flint, who claimed Red Cherries Spin on behalf of Dr. Naveed Chowhan for $75,000 from a nine-length victory April 15 at Keeneland. "That was a very tough race at Pimlico, and I would've had to haul her all the way over there" from her Churchill base, said Flint.

"I put her in there to see what the race looked like," he concluded.

"I saw it. We didn't run."

Flint, who entering this week of action was third in career victories at Churchill to Bill Mott and D. Wayne Lukas, is giving Red Cherries Spin a chance to show what she can do on grass. By With Approval out of the British-bred mare Lavish Gift, the filly has a pedigree that strongly suggests she will adapt, and the Thursday feature at Churchill looks like a legitimate test for her grass debut.

, with Calvin Borel to ride, drew the outside post in a field of seven in the eighth of nine races, which goes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. The race, for 3-year-old fillies, serves as a prep for the Grade 3, $200,000 Regret Stakes, one of six stakes to be run on the June 17 Stephen Foster program at Churchill.

The other logical contenders in the Thursday feature are , the Edgewood pacesetter who won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies last fall.

Seen Dancing and Sorority Wildcat round out the field.