10/13/2009 11:00PM

Girolamo's spot in Cup undecided

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Girolamo, winning the Jerome, may be pre-entered in the BC Classic and Dirt Mile.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Girolamo's victory in Sunday's earned him a trip to Southern California for the Breeders' Cup. In which race he runs will be determined at a later date.

Girolamo and fellow 3-year-old Regal Ransom will ship to Santa Anita on Monday to join an already large group of Godolphin Racing stablemates to begin preparing for a Breeders' Cup race, according to Godolphin assistant trainer Rick Mettee. It is expected that Girolamo and Regal Ransom will be pre-entered in both the $5 million Classic and $1 million Dirt Mile to be run Nov. 7 over the Pro-Ride surface.

"Both of them are going to go out there and train as if they're going to run in one of the two races," said Mettee, the assistant to Saeed bin Suroor. "Saeed and [racing manager] Simon Crisford said that we wouldn't have to make a decision until entry time which one would go where."

Pre-entries for the Breeders' Cup have to be made by Oct. 26 - they will be announced on Oct. 28 - and entries will be taken and post positions drawn on Nov. 3. Godolphin is already pointing Midshipman and Pyro to the Dirt Mile.

"Saeed said let's get them out there and see how they train on it, that might tell us something," Mettee said.

Regal Ransom raced at Santa Anita last year, finishing eighth as the favorite in the Grade 1 Norfolk after winning his debut at Saratoga on dirt a month earlier. Coincidentally, Regal Ransom was sent to that race in an effort to keep him and Girolamo - both trained by Kiaran McLaughlin at the time - apart. Girolamo raced in the Champagne the following weekend at Belmont and was sixth.

"I think it was a last-minute decision to put him in the race. Whether you completely pass judgment on that one race I don't know," Mettee said of Regal Ransom's Norfolk.

Mettee said Girolamo, whose 1 1/4-length victory in the Jerome came after two eye-catching allowance victories - came out of the race in good order. His final time of 1:33.81 for the mile tied him for the third-fastest of 95 Jeromes run at the one-mile distance. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 107, the same number Regal Ransom earned for winning the Super Derby in his last start.

Stardom Bound to go in Gazelle

Burley's Gold, who finished second to Girolamo, will make his next start in the Grade 3, $100,000 Discovery on Nov. 21, his owner, Michael Iavarone, said.

Meanwhile, Iavarone added that Stardom Bound, last year's BC Juvenile Fillies winner and 2-year-old filly champion, is slated to make her return to the races in the Grade 1 Gazelle at Aqueduct on Nov. 28. Stardom Bound has not run since finishing third in the Ashland at Keeneland in April

Her connections were initially thinking of training Stardom Bound up to the Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic - on the premise that Zenyatta would not be running in that race - but now feel she won't be at her best by that time.

"She's about three works short," Iavarone said. "This gives her a little more time. We don't want to put her at risk unless she's a hundred percent right."

Though they are trained by Richard Dutrow Jr., both Burley's Gold and Stardom Bound will run under a different trainer's name as Dutrow begins serving a 30-day suspension on Nov. 15.

Nonna Mia likely for Tempted

Nonna Mia, the third-place finisher from the Grade 1 Frizette, will likely make her next start in the Grade 3, $100,000 Tempted Stakes at Aqueduct on Nov. 7, owner Michael Repole said Wednesday.

Nonna Mia, who won a 5 1/2-furlong maiden race by 12 lengths on Sept. 20, set the pace in the one-mile Frizette, before fading to third, beaten 4 1/4 lengths.

"Right now we're going to do what's best for the horse - run her one more time this year," said Repole. "We're leaning toward the Grade 3 Tempted on Breeders' Cup Day at a mile. She'll answer some questions for us whether to focus on sprinting or two turns next year. I think she'll be very, very tough in that race."