Updated on 09/18/2011 2:23AM

Frankel: Badge of Silver ready to go


Trainer Bobby Frankel doesn't see any big deal about running Badge of Silver in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Mile off a 307-day layoff.

"I don't think it's any tall task," Frankel said Thursday in his Belmont Park office. "He's ready to run. As long as he stays like he is right now, we're in good shape."

Badge of Silver, a 6-year-old son of Silver Deputy, has not run since he won his turf debut in the Grade 2 San Gabriel Handicap at Santa Anita on New Year's Day. He got away with easy fractions that day and won by 2 1/2 lengths over a turf course labeled good.

The foot problems that have plagued Badge of Silver throughout his 14-race career flared up again several times throughout the year, most recently in August, when he was scratched out of the Bernard Baruch on Travers Day at Saratoga, a race for which he was the morning-line favorite. Frankel said Badge of Silver had an abscess in a hind foot.

Badge of Silver, who is still in search of his first Grade 1 victory, resumed training in early September and has had an uninterrupted work schedule since Sept. 23. His last two works have come over Keeneland's Polytrack, where he is expected to breeze again Saturday.

"He's been there for two works now," Frankel said. "So far the reports are good. If he's so good, why waste it on an allowance race? That's not going to increase his value. He's going to be retired, anyway."

When asked if the decision to run in the Mile was Frankel's or owner Ken Ramsey's, Frankel said: "It's not Ramsey, it's all me. I don't think it's any big deal."

As of Thursday, Frankel had not secured a rider for Badge of Silver. He mentioned Edgar Prado, Patrick Valenzuela, and Rafael Bejarano as possibilities.

- David Grening

Silverfoot loves the course

Dallas Stewart is well aware of the huge disparity between the Grade 3 Louisville Handicap and the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf. All the same, the BC Turf is being run on the same blades of Churchill grass over which Silverfoot captured the last three runnings (2004-06) of the Louisville, so Stewart said he believes Silverfoot will "at least be competitive."

Stewart said he doesn't necessarily think the overall depth of the Turf is down from other years, if only because of the presence of likely favorites English Channel and Cacique.

"They've been awfully consistent in the big races all year," said Stewart. "You have to give them the respect they're due."

Nonetheless, Stewart said he thinks Silverfoot, given his demonstrated preference for the Churchill turf, is a live longshot in the 1 1/2-mile Turf. In addition to his three Louisville wins, he is an allowance winner here, making him 4-for-4 lifetime at Churchill. The only regret for Stewart is that Silverfoot was fifth as the odds-on favorite in his last race, the Sept. 30 Kentucky Cup Turf at Kentucky Downs. Stewart said Silverfoot exited the race with a legitimate excuse, suffering from "a lot of heat in his right front foot."

"He either wrenched it or hit a hole," said Stewart. "He did something. All I know is he never ran his race, and that's got to be the reason why."

Silverfoot is owned by the Chrysalis Stables of his breeder, Stephanie Clark, who Stewart said has a very competitive approach to racing.

"She knows how expensive it is to run in this spot," he said, alluding to the $75,000 that it will cost to run in the Turf. "She still thinks it's worth taking a shot."

Silverfoot is one of two locally based prospects for the Turf, along with Rush Bay, who is stabled just a couple of hundred feet away in the Churchill barn of Tom Amoss.

As for pending arrivals for the Turf, the foursome that Todd Pletcher pre-entered - English Channel, Go Deputy, Icy Atlantic, and Honey Ryder - will be flown here Wednesday from New York; Hurricane Run and Red Rocks will arrive from Europe on Sunday; Scorpion will arrive from Ireland on Tuesday; Cacique and Better Talk Now are training at Keeneland; and T.H. Approval was scheduled to arrive Sunday from California.

- Marty McGee

Zito going easy with C P West

C P West has raced just twice, which will make him the least-experienced horse in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile. But that skimpy resume suits his trainer, Nick Zito, just fine, not necessarily for the Breeders' Cup, but for the long-term aspirations he has for C P West.

Zito had thought about running C P West in the Iroquois Stakes on Sunday at Churchill Downs, and then again in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at the end of November, as opposed to going in the Juvenile. But he reconsidered after talking it over with Robert LaPenta, who owns C P West.

"I didn't want to give him too many races," Zito said at his Churchill Downs barn Thursday morning. "And I like the timing. He'll have six weeks coming into this race. I talked it over with Mr. LaPenta, and he agreed."

C P West, a son of Came Home, captured his debut at Saratoga on Aug. 12, then moved right into stakes company and was second to King of the Roxy in the Belmont Futurity on Sept. 23.

"If you want a horse for next year, you don't want to overdo it," Zito said.

Regardless of how C P West runs in the Breeders' Cup, the Juvenile will be his last race of the year before he heads to Florida to begin his 3-year-old campaign.

- Jay Privman

Lilly Carson ready, if invited

Lilly Carson has been ranked by the selection committee as the first alternate in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, but she is training as if she is a starter. Thursday morning at Churchill Downs, she breezed six furlongs in 1:14.60 over a fast main track dampened by morning rain.

The workout, the slowest of three at the distance, was aimed toward teaching Lilly Carson to harness her speed.

"We wanted to turn her off some," said trainer Ralph Nicks.

Lilly Carson, a 2-year-old Carson City filly owned by James Spence, won her debut in wire-to-wire fashion at Saratoga on Sept. 1 and finished third in the Grade 1 Frizette Stakes on Oct. 14 after setting the pace. In the Frizette, her first route, she appeared overly eager and faded after engaging in a speed duel, losing by 3 1/2 lengths to Sutra.

Nicks said Lilly Carson finished her workout well and appeared sound afterward. She needs a defection from the field before entries are taken Wednesday in order to get into the race.

Two other alternates considered unlikely Juvenile Fillies starters worked Thursday at Churchill Downs. Cohiba Miss, the second alternate, worked three furlongs in 35.80 seconds, and Baroness Thatcher, the sixth alternate, worked four furlongs in 47.60 seconds. Both fillies have been entered for Sunday's one-mile Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs.

- Byron King

Three flights from Europe

There were 17 European-based horses among the list of Breeders' Cup pre-entries, and 16 of them still have to get here. The French-based Germance shipped overseas for the Oct. 14 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland and has stayed in Kentucky to race in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. The other horses are scheduled to arrive on three flights, two scheduled for Sunday and the other on Tuesday.

The first and largest air shipment of horses is expected to arrive at about 2 p.m. Sunday in Louisville. This flight originates in France, where Satwa Queen and Hurricane Run will board, then goes onto England to pick up David Junior, Ouija Board, Rob Roy, Sleeping Indian, Araafa, Red Rocks, and Satulagi.

Sunday evening, a flight carrying the Godolphin BC hopefuls Librettist and Echo of Light arrives, and finally, on Tuesday, the Aidan O'Brien-trained Irish-based quintet of George Washington, Ad Valorem, Aussie Rules, Ivan Denisovich, and Scorpion will settle in at Churchill Downs.

- Marcus Hersh

Peslier to ride for Pletcher

Olivier Peslier, who won the 2001 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf aboard Banks Hill, will ride two horses for trainer Todd Pletcher in the Breeders' Cup. As the contract rider for owners Gerard and Alain Wertheimer, Peslier will ride Go Deputy in the Turf and Quiet Royal in the Filly and Mare Turf.

Go Deputy is coming off a nose loss in the Canadian International on Sunday. Quiet Royal comes off a third-place finish in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland.

- David Grening

Untouched Talent has throat surgery

Untouched Talent, one of the favorites for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, will work this weekend at Keeneland after undergoing a procedure for a trapped epiglottis Monday, according to trainer Jeff Bonde. If she comes out of the work in good shape she will run in the Juvenile Fillies.

Untouched Talent went to the track Wednesday and Thursday mornings to jog and spent time in a hyperbaric chamber in the afternoons to speed the healing process.

Untouched Talent will ship from Keeneland to Churchill Downs next Monday or Tuesday.

- Chuck Dybdal

Prado to ride Nightmare Affair

Trainer Manny Azpurua has named Edgar Prado to replace the injured Jeffrey Sanchez aboard Nightmare Affair in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Sanchez injured his calf and will be sidelined indefinitely after his mount Star of Mine flipped in the starting gate Monday at Calder. Sanchez guided Nightmare Affair to a pair of victories, including the Grade 2 Smile Sprint Handicap.

"We don't know how long Jeffrey will be out and we couldn't take a chance and wait too long to find out," said Azpurua. "We contacted Prado and he has agreed to take the call."

- Mike Welsch