10/25/2006 12:00AM

Fourteen in, 10 on alternates list

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The inevitable happened Wednesday when pre-entries were announced for the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, which drew an overflow field of 24 entries. Some horsemen were delighted to see their fillies among the chosen starters, while others expressed dismay to see their representatives stuck on an 10-horse alternate list, capable of starting only if defections occur between now and when post positions are drawn Nov. 1.

A maximum of 14 starters are allowed in each of the eight Breeders' Cup World Championships races. Seven gained automatic entry to the Juvenile Fillies based on points earned by winning or hitting the board in American graded stakes races, and the others were chosen by a selection panel of racing secretaries and directors.

Untouched Talent, Octave, Sutra, Appealing Zophie, Cash Included, Cotton Blossom, and Bel Air Beauty were the seven that gained automatic entry based on points. The seven chosen by the selection committee are: Adhrhythm, Dreaming of Anna, Gatorize, Her Majesty, Quick Little Miss, Satulagi, and the aptly named She's Included.

Not selected into the field and listed in order of preference by the selection panel are: Lilly Carson, Cohiba Miss, Awesome Ashley, Gal Wonder, Catch the Thrill, Baroness Thatcher, Mistical Plan, Pro Pink, Rivanna River, and Adoradora.

At least one of those selected by the panel - the unbeaten Dreaming of Anna, who will be the first or second favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Juvenile Fillies - was an obvious choice. Beyond her selection, competition ran deep.

"That Juvenile Fillies was tough," said Ben Huffman, racing secretary at Churchill Downs and Keeneland and a member of the selection committee.

All but one of the seven fillies selected by the committee are either stakes winners or graded stakes-placed, with the lone exception being Gatorize, who ran a close fifth in the Grade 2 Darley Alcibiades after getting carried wide into the first turn. She won her first two starts at Ellis Park and Turfway Park.

Trainer Helen Pitts said she viewed Gatorize as a longshot to make the field, although she felt the filly was a deserving starter. "We're here and proud to be a part of it," she said.

The selection of Gatorize and Her Majesty, who ran third in the Alcibiades after a maiden win at Turfway Park, did not sit well with Lilly Carson's trainer, Ralph Nicks. He felt his filly, who won her maiden at Saratoga and ran third in the Grade 1 Frizette in her second start, had superior qualifications.

"My first reaction was that I wasn't real happy," he said Wednesday. "I don't understand it."

Huffman said the decision to place Lilly Carson on the alternate list was based on the committee's belief that this year's Frizette Stakes "was a weak Grade 1 race." Sutra, who qualified for the race on points, won the one-mile Frizette with a time of 1:40.22, which equaled the slowest of 36 Frizettes run at that distance.

Nicks said he would continue to prepare Lilly Carson as if she is starting in the Juvenile Fillies, knowing she needs a defection to gain a starting position.

Cohiba Miss, the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and the second alternate, will be entered in Sunday's one-mile Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs, trainer Bernie Flint said. She would likely run there unless a defection occurs from the Juvenile Fillies before the Pocahontas is run. Several other alternates are also nominated to the Pocahontas and might run in that race.LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The inevitable happened Wednesday when pre-entries were announced for the Nov. 4 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, which drew an overflow field of 24 entries. Some horsemen were delighted to see their fillies among the chosen starters, while others expressed dismay to see their representatives stuck on an 10-horse alternate list, capable of starting only if defections occur between now and when post positions are drawn Nov. 1.

A maximum of 14 starters are allowed in each of the eight Breeders' Cup World Championships races. Seven gained automatic entry to the Juvenile Fillies based on points earned by winning or hitting the board in American graded stakes races, and the others were chosen by a selection panel of racing secretaries and directors.

Untouched Talent, Octave, Sutra, Appealing Zophie, Cash Included, Cotton Blossom, and Bel Air Beauty were the seven that gained automatic entry based on points. The seven chosen by the selection committee are: Adhrhythm, Dreaming of Anna, Gatorize, Her Majesty, Quick Little Miss, Satulagi, and the aptly named She's Included.

Not selected into the field and listed in order of preference by the selection panel are: Lilly Carson, Cohiba Miss, Awesome Ashley, Gal Wonder, Catch the Thrill, Baroness Thatcher, Mistical Plan, Pro Pink, Rivanna River, and Adoradora.

At least one of those selected by the panel - the unbeaten Dreaming of Anna, who will be the first or second favorite in the 1 1/16-mile Juvenile Fillies - was an obvious choice. Beyond her selection, competition ran deep.

"That Juvenile Fillies was tough," said Ben Huffman, racing secretary at Churchill Downs and Keeneland and a member of the selection committee.

All but one of the seven fillies selected by the committee are either stakes winners or graded stakes-placed, with the lone exception being Gatorize, who ran a close fifth in the Grade 2 Darley Alcibiades after getting carried wide into the first turn. She won her first two starts at Ellis Park and Turfway Park.

Trainer Helen Pitts said she viewed Gatorize as a longshot to make the field, although she felt the filly was a deserving starter. "We're here and proud to be a part of it," she said.

The selection of Gatorize and Her Majesty, who ran third in the Alcibiades after a maiden win at Turfway Park, did not sit well with Lilly Carson's trainer, Ralph Nicks. He felt his filly, who won her maiden at Saratoga and ran third in the Grade 1 Frizette in her second start, had superior qualifications.

"My first reaction was that I wasn't real happy," he said Wednesday. "I don't understand it."

Huffman said the decision to place Lilly Carson on the alternate list was based on the committee's belief that this year's Frizette Stakes "was a weak Grade 1 race." Sutra, who qualified for the race on points, won the one-mile Frizette with a time of 1:40.22, which equaled the slowest of 36 Frizettes run at that distance.

Nicks said he would continue to prepare Lilly Carson as if she is starting in the Juvenile Fillies, knowing she needs a defection to gain a starting position.

Cohiba Miss, the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies winner and the second alternate, will be entered in Sunday's one-mile Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs, trainer Bernie Flint said. She would likely run there unless a defection occurs from the Juvenile Fillies before the Pocahontas is run. Several other alternates are also nominated to the Pocahontas and might run in that race.