11/01/2006 12:00AM

Hurricane Run stays low-profile


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - While rivals English Channel and Cacique have become the most familiar to American racing fans among the runners in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf, the fact remains that European horses have dominated this race in recent years, with six of the last seven winners - including the 2003 dead heat between High Chaparral from Ireland and Johar from America - hailing from overseas.

Only three of the 11 horses entered in the Turf hail from Europe, but one is Hurricane Run, a 2005 superstar whose luster has dimmed somewhat this year following three straight losses. After arriving here Sunday, the 4-year-old colt made his first appearance on the Churchill main track Tuesday with a brief gallop, then was out for something a bit more demanding Wednesday. Accompanied by a pony through a five-furlong jog, the colt then walked around the far turn and down the stretch before proceeding through a three-furlong, two-minute lick around the clubhouse turn, finally pulling up approaching the half-mile pole.

Media attention, at least on-site, has been virtually nonexistent for Hurricane Run, since neither trainer Andre Fabre nor owner Michael Tabor is here. Fabre, in fact, has told the International Racing Bureau he will not come at all.

Hurricane Run, who has been listed as a lukewarm favorite over English Channel and Cacique on morning lines by both Mike Battaglia of Churchill and Mike Watchmaker of Daily Racing Form, drew post 7 in the Turf, which will be run around three turns on the seven-furlong Churchill turf course. Hurricane Run will be ridden by Christophe Soumillon.

The other two Europeans in the Turf are Red Rocks, a 3-year-old who also was on the track for a second time Wednesday after arriving Sunday, and Scorpion, a dual Group 1 winner who was scheduled to make his first appearance Thursday after arriving here Tuesday as part of the five-horse Aidan O'Brien contingent. Red Rocks, with Frankie Dettori to ride, drew post 9, and Scorpion, with Mick Kinane, has post 4.

The nine hole for Red Rocks was just fine with trainer Brian Meehan.

"I can rely on him to jump well," said Meehan. "Early position is important, but he'll be coming from off the pace, so we'll just let the race develop."

Meanwhile, Cacique, with Edgar Prado to ride, will start from post 6, and English Channel, John Velazquez up, from post 10.

English Channel, along with his Todd Pletcher-trained stablemates, Go Deputy and Icy Atlantic, was among the large contingent expected to arrive at Churchill early Wednesday evening following a second charter flight originating in New York.