10/28/2005 11:00PM

Folklore gives Prado 1st Cup win, Lukas his 18th

Folklore wins the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on Saturday at Belmont Park.

With an assist from trainer D. Wayne Lukas and a razor-sharp mount in Folklore, jockey Edgar Prado finally ended his Breeders' Cup drought Saturday at Belmont Park.

Confirming that her performance in the Grade 1 Matron last month was not a fluke, Folklore put away an early challenge from Knights Templar, opened up a large advantage in midstretch, and had more than enough to hold off Wild Fit to win the $1,060,000 by 1 1/4 lengths.

Wild Fit, off last and forced to steady midway around the turn, rallied in the stretch to be second, 4 3/4 lengths ahead of Original Spin. Ex Caelis, also trained by Lukas, finished fourth, followed by Sensation, Knights Templar, Adieu, Along the Sea, She Says It Best, and Diamond Omi.

For Lukas, it was his record 18th victory in the Breeders' Cup and his fifth in the Juvenile Fillies.

For Prado, it was his first victory in the Breeders' Cup series after going winless in his previous 41 mounts.

"It feels great," Prado said. "It took me a long time. I finally got it done. Hopefully, [there will be] many more coming up in the future."

Prado came back three races later to win the Breeders' Cup Sprint aboard Silver Train.Lukas had made a jockey switch from Cornelio Velasquez to Prado following a second-place finish in the Spinaway at Saratoga. Lukas said he felt Velasquez had been "overriding" Folklore and wanted someone to get her to relax.

In the Matron, on Sept, 17, Folklore relaxed well and drew off to a 14-length victory. Lukas opted to skip running Folklore back in one of the traditional October preps for the Juvenile Fillies and brought her to the Breeders' Cup off a six-week layoff.

Lukas said that Folklore puts plenty into her morning training and thought he'd have no problem getting her ready. Lukas came into the race supremely confident.

"I told Edgar just keep her settled in the post parade, because I've got her on a short fuse," Lukas said. "There's no need to stir her up in the post parade. Just take her over there and she'll do the rest."

Folklore, a daughter of Tiznow owned and bred by Bob and Beverly Lewis, covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.85 and returned $6.50. She became the 12th favorite to win the Juvenile Fillies in 22 runnings of the race and will likely become the 19th winner of this race to be named champion 2-year-old filly.

Breaking from the rail, Folklore broke on top and ran an opening quarter of 22.65 seconds while racing in the four path. Knights Templar came up to her inside and prompted her though a half-mile run in 45.34 seconds.

Folklore put away Knights Templar approaching the quarter pole and opened up three lengths by the eighth pole. Wild Fit, under Alex Solis, rallied wide into the stretch and finished second.

"She ran the biggest race of anybody in the race," said Jeff Mullins, the trainer of Wild Fit. "Coming from that far back, having to get through traffic and to get steadied, and still come on to run second, that's a pretty big performance."