10/16/2005 11:00PM

A good day to work

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Flower Alley in the Classic (above) and defending Distaff champion Ashado are among eight horses trainer Todd Pletcher said he has pre-entered for the Breeders' Cup.

ELMONT, N.Y. - Though there isn't a sign in or around Belmont Park acknowledging that the 22nd Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships will be held here on Oct. 29, there were plenty of signs on three of Belmont's tracks Monday morning that North America's richest day of Thoroughbred racing is fast approaching.

With eight consecutive days of rain and wet tracks now a memory, Belmont's main and training tracks were dry and fast Monday morning, and even the inner turf course was deemed usable. Thus, there were 392 horses credited with timed workouts at Belmont, including 14 being pointed to the Breeders' Cup.

Seven miles away at Aqueduct, Saint Liam, the potential BC Classic favorite, also worked, going six furlongs in 1:13.39.

Monday was the deadline to make pre-entries for the eight Breeders' Cup races, which have purses totaling $14 million. The announcement of the horses pre-entered for those races will be made on Wednesday, as will the order in which the races will be run.

Breeders' Cup officials have an interesting decision to make regarding the scheduling of the $1 million Sprint and the star animal of the day, the undefeated Lost in the Fog. If Breeders' Cup officials opt to leave the Sprint out of the pick six - which will have a guaranteed pool of $3 million - then it will be run during the first hour of NBC's 4 1/2-hour telecast. NBC officials would most likely want the Sprint positioned later on the card in order to keep viewer interest. The Sprint has never been run later than the fourth Cup race of the day.

Todd Pletcher, who was the star trainer of last year's Breeders' Cup card by saddling two winners, said he pre-entered eight horses for six races. Monday, he sent out five of those horses for timed workouts.

Flower Alley, the Travers winner, worked five furlongs in 1:00.83 in company with Rectory Hill over Belmont's training track. Ashado, the defending Distaff champion, went five furlongs by herself in a modest 1:02.94. Lion Tamer, a Sprint longshot, went four furlongs in a rapid 47.16 seconds in company with Yes Yes Yes.

On the turf, Pletcher worked English Channel for the Turf in 1:03.34 and Limehouse for the Mile in 49.26 seconds. The turf was labeled good and horsemen were asked to keep their horses well off the rail. Pletcher's other three Breeders' Cup horses are Adieu in the Juvenile Fillies, Capeside Lady in the Distaff, and Host in the Mile.

Pletcher said Flower Alley relaxed nicely off of Rectory Hill early in the work. Flower Alley had been rank in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, a race in which he finished fourth. Pletcher said he is still considering removing the blinkers from Flower Alley, who does not train in blinkers.

Ashado's work was a little slower than Pletcher wanted, "but she was nice and relaxed and I thought she was moving well," he said.

"She galloped out pretty good and came back good," said Pletcher. "I will probably put her in company next time just to make sure we get a little more solid work. She's obviously pretty fit; we're just trying to keep her where she is.''

On the flip side, Pletcher said Lion Tamer's work was faster than he was looking for, "but he was full of himself out there.''

Borrego has first work since Gold Cup

Exercise rider Andy Durnin said he believes Borrego is doing better now than he was heading into the Jockey Club Gold Cup. Considering Borrego won the Gold Cup by 4 1/2 lengths while basically being eased the last furlong, that's quite a statement.

Monday, Borrego worked six furlongs in 1:16.37. Durnin kept Borrego three paths off the rail for the work, because he worked after several horses had breezed along the inside.

"I thought he had improved after the Pacific Classic,'' Durnin said, referring to Borrego's win in that Aug. 20 race. "Right now, if anything, he has improved again. He looks even bigger than he was going into the Jockey Club Gold Cup.''

Prado to ride Society Selection

In her 18-race career, Society Selection has had seven riders. Her rider for the Breeders' Cup Distaff will be Edgar Prado, who rode her to victory in last year's Grade 1 Test at Saratoga. Since Prado, Society Selection has been ridden by Cornelio Velasquez, Eibar Coa and, most recently, Javier Castellano.

Prado was not aboard Society Selection Monday when the 4-year-old filly worked seven furlongs in 1:25.24 over the main track. Society Selection is coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Beldame last out.

"She was just going to go easy," trainer Allen Jerkens said. "She went faster than I thought she would."

Prado's other confirmed mounts for the Breeders' Cup are Suave (Classic), Wonder Again (Filly and Mare Turf), Funfair (Mile), Folklore (Juvenile Fillies), and Silver Train (Sprint). Prado has a choice of Henny Hughes or Dr. Pleasure in the Juvenile.

Shockingly, Prado is 0 for 41 in the Breeders' Cup with 4 seconds and 4 thirds.

Monday, Prado guided Wonder Again through a five-furlong work in 1:02.44 over Belmont's inner turf.

* Leroidesanimaux, the BC Mile favorite, worked six furlongs in 1:15.65 over the turf in company with Barancella, who is a candidate for Sunday's E.P. Taylor at Woodbine.

* Also on the work tab Monday were Distaff contenders Sweet Symphony (five furlongs in 1:00.44) and Nothing But Fun (five furlongs in 1:01.04), Juvenile Fillies longshot Miss Norman (four furlongs in 49.01), and Juvenile hopeful Dr. Pleasure (five furlongs in 1:00.97).