10/02/2008 11:00PM

It only looks like Advice is stepping up


When Advice races in Saturday's Grade 1, $500,000 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland - against Reynaldothewizard, Notonthesamepage, Majestic Blue, Terrain, and other promising juveniles - he need not be underestimated for racing at Arlington Park this summer, rather than at a more prestigious summer meet like Saratoga or Del Mar.

Avoiding the heavy hitters in the summer and early fall is a regular development strategy of WinStar Farm, which owns the colt, with the goal being to leave their top juveniles fresher and better prepared for the late fall and going into their 3-year-old years.

The plan has been a success. Graded-stakes winners Court Vision and Any Given Saturday started their careers at Turfway, said WinStar Farm vice president Elliott Walden.

Although Advice comes to Keeneland by way of Arlington, not Turfway, he, too, has raced at a "B" level track, while gaining experience over Polytrack.

The Breeders' Futurity, a Win and You're In prep for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile, is contested at 1 1/16 miles over Keeneland's Polytrack surface.

Despite having made just two starts, Advice is not lacking foundation, having twice raced a mile. He won at first asking by eight lengths in a July 3 maiden race at Arlington for trainer Todd Pletcher, then returned and finished a neck short in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity on Sept. 13. Second across the wire, he was demoted to third place for ducking out under Rene Douglas and interfering with Terrain in the stretch.

Walden was pleased with Advice's effort, noting that it came more than two months after his debut.

"He ran a bang-up race," Walden said. "He just got a little tired that last part."

Advice, a son of Chapel Royal purchased for $170,000 at auction at OBS in February, is stuck on the far outside in post 11 for the Breeders' Futurity.

"I was a little disappointed with the post," said Walden. "But on Polytrack it's not as big an issue."

Douglas returns in the irons.

Drawn two positions inside of Advice is Terrain, who is unbeaten in three starts after being elevated from third to first in the Arlington-Washington Futurity, when Jose Adan and Advice - first and second across the wire, respectively - were taken down for interfering with him in the stretch.

Not that he was not a deserving winner - he had a highly troubled trip, getting jostled at the start, carried out by Advice in midstretch, and shut off late by Jose Adan. Through it all, he finished just 1 3/4 lengths behind Jose Adan and 1 1/2 lengths behind Advice.

"There's something about the horse," said trainer Al Stall. "He's got a little grit."

Jamie Theriot rides Terrain, a 2-year-old gelded son of Sky Mesa owned by Adele Dilschneider.

Stakes-placed runners Reynaldothewizard and Notonthesamepage also figure prominently in the Breeders' Futurity, as do Saratoga maiden winners Pioneerof the Nile and Majestic Blue.

Three European invaders - Flashmans Papers, Square Eddie, and Deposer - add further intrigue to the race.