06/13/2006 11:00PM

Kentucky shippers dominate Chicago BC


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - Flying Glitter, who might have been the favorite had she come to Chicago, was not entered when entries were taken Wednesday for the Chicago Breeders' Cup Handicap, but 10 other female sprinters were, and in Flying Glitter's absence, Annika Lass and Ebony Breeze will be the top two choices.

Both are coming from Churchill Downs, Ebony Breeze from the barn of Bill Mott, Annika Lass for trainer Steve Asmussen. Annika Lass worked a controlled half-mile Wednesday at Churchill, and was to travel here by van following the breeze. Three other horses - Island Escape, Getcozywithkaylee, and the 3-year-old Morner - also are based in Kentucky, while Dimple Pinch, Pentelicus Dance, For Gillian, Modjadji, and Silver Crown make up the local contingent.

Of particular note are For Gillian and Modjadji, since Christine Janks trains both of them. Janks, the leading trainer at Arlington going into the Wednesday card here, has sent out horses to finish first in six different stakes races this meet, though Fifteen Rounds was disqualified to second in the Grade 3 Hanshin Handicap. So, though neither For Gillian nor Modjadji is anything like a standout on form Saturday, they still merit attention - if they make it to the starting gate.

As of Wednesday, Janks still was turning over various options for the Chicago BC, and said her decision on whether to run one or both horses would come later in the week.

"I have no idea right now what I'm going to do," Janks said. "I could run one, two, or none."

Janks said For Gillian "might not be on top of her game right now," though there are few other suitable spots in which to start the mare. Modjadji is younger and less experienced, and has benefited from racing in Illinois-bred competition, but she may be the more talented of the pair. Modjadji upset Bluesbdancing, leader of the Illinois-bred sprint division, in the June 2 Your Ladyship, but Janks worries the Chicago BC comes up too quickly after that race, and is working to get Modjadji over what Janks termed "a little respiratory thing."

Modjadji also could sit this race out and await the June 24 Prairie State Festival for Illinois-breds, in which Janks could have a major role. Even without Modjadji, Janks has crack sprinter Pretty Jenny for the Isaac Murphy Handicap, and said she had nominated High Expectations to the White Oak at six furlongs on dirt and the Black Tie Affair at two turns on turf. High Expectations won the Zen Handicap, an Illinois-bred overnight sprint handicap, in his most recent start.

Prairie Meadows may be next for two

Fifteen Rounds, meanwhile, worked five furlongs in 59.40 seconds Wednesday morning, a fast work accomplished in a subdued manner, according to Janks. Fifteen Rounds worked aggressively days before the Hanshin, but relaxed for jockey Chris Emigh on Wednesday, Janks said. Fifteen Rounds is being pointed toward the $125,000 Iowa Sprint on July 1 at Prairie Meadows, where he could meet Coach Jimi Lee, the race's two-time defending champ.

Also under consideration for a trip to Prairie Meadows is National Jockey Club Handicap winner Three Hour Nap, who finished third in the Hanshin. Three Hour Nap also could race there July 2, but would go in the Cornhusker Handicap at 1 1/8 miles. Three Hour Nap, who worked an easy five furlongs Monday, also could start July 22 in the Omaha Handicap at Horseman's Park, trainer Hugh Robertson said.

Original Spin fastest of morning

Fifteen Rounds was far from the only fast worker Wednesday morning, when seven different horses breezed five furlongs in less than 1:00. Fastest of all was Original Spin, who was timed in 58.80 seconds and galloped out six furlongs in 1:12, according to trainer Tony Mitchell.

The work, only her third since coming back to Mitchell's barn after a spring break, surely enhanced Original Spin's chances of making the Purple Violet Stakes for Illinois-breds on June 24. Mitchell, however, won't make a final decision before Original Spin works again next week.

McPeek has good shot in feature

Kenny McPeek still is seeking his first win since rejoining the ranks of trainers this spring after a stint as an international bloodstock agent. Star by Design has a decent shot to give it to him in Arlington's eighth race on Friday.

Star by Design, in from Churchill Downs, was one of six horses entered in an entry-level allowance at six furlongs on dirt. Star by Design finished seventh of nine last out in a one-mile race at Churchill Downs, but was caught up that day in a fairly hot pace, and may be a better horse at Friday's shorter distance.