10/25/2004 11:00PM

Jockey competition gets ball rolling

Royal Regalia, although considered unlikely to get into the Mile, tries the footing on the Lone Star turf Monday morning. He breezed five furlongs in 1:03.66 in an easy maintenance work.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - The Breeders' Cup just doesn't just draw some of the world's best horses, it also lures top riders from here and abroad. Lone Star Park will capitalize on that Thursday when it stages the International Jockey Championship.

A number of changes have been made to the competition from last year, but one constant is that patrons can make win, place, show, exacta, and trifecta bets on how the riders competing will finish overall in the Jockey Championship.

Jerry Bailey has been made the 5-2 morning line favorite to win the competition by Lone Star's linemaker, Rick Lee. The other eight riders in the competition are Pat Day, Kent Desormeaux, Frankie Dettori, Kieren Fallon, Edgar Prado, Jose Santos, Christophe Soumillon, and Jamie Spencer.

The riders earn points for their finishes in the three races that will make up the competition, and the rider with the most points is declared the winner. A first-place finish in one of the races is worth 12 points; second place is worth 6; third place, 4; and fourth, 3. For scratches the riders earn 1 point.

The Jockey Championship was moved from its usual June date to align with the Breeders' Cup. It is not affiliated with the National Jockeys' Guild this year, as it was in the past. Funds raised will go to the charity of the riders' choice, said Darren Rogers, spokesman for Lone Star.

In the past the competition has been made up of four races with 12 riders. It had also featured the leading local rider, and if that had been the policy for this competition the representative would have been Roman Chapa.

Prado, a two-time winner of the Jockey Championship, will ride top contender Kristina's Wish in the first race of the competition, a one-mile starter on turf that has a purse of $40,000. Soumillon has the mount on possible favorite Firststatedeposit in the middle leg of the competition, a six-furlong starter worth $60,000, while Bailey will ride leading contender Promise of War in the final race of the competition, a starter with a $60,000 purse.

Before the competition, which will encompass the sixth, seventh, and ninth races, the riders will be introduced on the main track.

Pollard's Vision heads strong field in derby

Pollard's Vision takes on what is one of the strongest fields ever assembled for Friday's Lone Star Derby. He was one of 13 colts and geldings entered in the Grade 3, $250,000 race on Tuesday.

The field, from the rail with riders, is Skipaslew, Dettori; Cryptograph, Don Pettinger; Tricky Taboo, John Byrne; Pollard's Vision, John Velazquez; Flamethrowintexan, Ricky Frazier; Brass Hat, Willie Martinez; Britt's Jules, David Flores; Willionaire, Casey Lambert; Cut and Shoot, Santos; Pies Prospect, Prado; With Distinction, Rafael Bejarano; My Creed, Miguel Perez; and Charming Socialite, Larry Taylor.

The derby is the richest of three stakes to be run on Friday. Yearly Report is one of 10 entered in the $150,000 Stonerside for 3-year-old fillies. The field, from the rail with riders, is Angelica Slew, Lambert; Dance Tune, Bejarano; Questionable Past, Carlos Marquez Jr.; Storm Minstrel, Velazquez; Time for Etbauer, Lonnie Meche; Homemaker, Prado; Yearly Report, Bailey; Outright Buck, Gerard Melancon; Hay Lauren, Eddie Martin Jr.; and Solid Platinum, Day.

Also on the card will be the $150,000 Refrigerator Handicap for Quarter Horses.

Biancone has dual Juvenile Fillies dates

Trainer Patrick Biancone will make both Juvenile Fillies races this weekend at Lone Star Park. Biancone will start Sense of Style in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on Saturday, while Dressed for Succes will be his representative in the $50,000 Lone Star Park Juvenile Fillies on Thursday.

The six-furlong Lone Star Juvenile Fillies was added to the stakes schedule for Breeders' Cup week. Others in the race include Ready to Live, winner of the $50,000 Rebel at Louisiana Downs.

Dressed for Succes won an entry-level allowance at Belmont Park in her last start on Sept. 29. She will be making her second start on Lasix and will be ridden by Tony Farina.

Largest contingent arrives

On Tuesday, the single largest number of Breeders' Cup starters arrived at Lone Star Park. A charter flight from Louisville carrying 12 horses, including eight for the Breeders' Cup, arrived early in the morning at Love Field in Dallas, with the horses being vanned through the Lone Star stable gate at about 9:30 a.m. Central.

Among the horses on that first flight were Azeri, Champali, Clock Stopper, Consolidator, Cuvee, Freefourinternet, Runway Model, and Stellar Jayne.

After dropping off those horses, the plane then was scheduled to go to New York, then back through Louisville, for a second trip to Dallas. The BC horses scheduled to touch down at Love Field at about 6 p.m. were Bare Necessities, Better Talk Now, Dance Away Capote, Fantasticat, Film Maker, Request for Parole, Soaring Free, Strut the Stage, and Tamweel.

* First post at Lone Star all week will be 1:35 p.m. Central, except on Breeders' Cup Day, when first post is 11:40 p.m. The track will close out its special fall meet on Sunday.

- additional reporting by Marty McGee