10/24/2007 12:00AM

Major works over for Breeders' Cup

EmailOCEANPORT, N.J. - Most of the horses scheduled to compete in the 2007 Breeders' Cup were finally on the grounds by Wednesday morning, although many of the latest arrivals did nothing more strenuous than visit the paddock and jog over a racetrack that remained fast despite some intermittent showers.

Friday's three Breeders' Cup events - the Filly and Mare Sprint, Juvenile Turf, and Dirt Mile - feature 31 entrants who completed their final preparations at venues throughout the world. The following is an assessment of those races from personal observations of the horses that were seen firsthand in New York and New Jersey over the past week.

All clocking according to Daily Racing Form.

Dirt Mile

Discreet Cat: Looked like his old self working five furlongs in 57.56 seconds at Belmont Park on Sunday, doing so without need of urging and despite fanning a bit wide coming out of the turn. Gives every indication he's rounding back to his imposing form of a year ago and that he'll move forward off his much needed comeback try in the Vosburgh.

Gottcha Gold: Horse for the course has put in some strong gallops over his favorite track the last couple of mornings. Was so full of run that his rider had to take an extra hold to prevent him from running off through the stretch Tuesday. One of several speed types in the lineup, but capable of springing the upset if he manages to shake loose on the lead as he did in his big win over Lawyer Ron in the Salvator Mile.

Park Avenue Ball: Turned in a fast half-mile work in 46.90 seconds here Tuesday, which should have him keyed up enough to be close to the pace stretching out around two turns off a pair of recent sprints. Looks well and is another who loves the track, but is without a victory since August 2006 and unlikely to break that streak in this very tough spot.

Corinthian: Finished up willingly over the Monmouth Park-like turns of the Saratoga training track in his final major prep last weekend. Got a little hot galloping here Wednesday, which might not be uncommon for the somewhat quirky individual who cannot always be counted on to break with the field. Best career effort to date was at a mile (albeit a one-turn mile) in the Metropolitan earlier this year, and prospects for a major speed battle would enhance his chances if he settles down and repeats that type of performance Friday.

Filly and Mare Sprint

Miss Macy Sue: Had a somewhat strange work Tuesday when taken in hand and kept well off the rail while never allowed to really level out at any point, although still managed to shade 36 seconds for three furlongs. Has the credentials to win this race but must overcome a tough inside post.

Maryfield: Onetime speed horse at her best now that she's learned to relax and run at rivals, a style that should serve her well if the pace gets as hot as expected Friday. Has made a favorable impression during training hours the past several mornings and appears to be coming up to another big effort.

Wild Gams: Never expected to see this filly galloping over the turf course Wednesday, although trainer Ben Perkins Jr. said she's had some foot issues and he was afraid the main track might have been a little too hard after getting packed down by early-morning showers. Did not travel really smoothly over the grass, which raises the question as to whether she's coming into the race at her best. But considering the potential pace scenario, she's certainly a major player if she's on her game.

Juvenile Turf

The Leopard: Hard to tell much from his work over a soft Belmont turf course Sunday, especially with his workmate being a maiden named The Green Monkey. Did break off behind and finish several lengths in front of his hard-held mate and seemed to handle the soft going well enough, which might become relevant with rain in the forecast for Friday.

Gio Ponti: Undefeated in two starts on grass but prepped with a well-orchestrated half-mile work over Belmont's main track. He broke a length behind stablemate Greenery, an older, more experienced allowance winner, but finished on even terms with her.

Wednesday training

Wild Gams showing up on turf was among the most notable moments during training hours Wednesday, along with the two appearances by La Traviata and Nownownow, who visited the track both before and after the renovation break.

Wild Gams was joined on the grass by four Europeans - Passage of Time, Timarwa, Jeremy, and Annie Skates - all of whom put in relatively uneventful gallops once around the seven-furlong course.

Hard Spun made his first local appearance but did little more than gallop easily under trainer Larry Jones. Fellow Classic contender Street Sense jogged once around the wrong way about 8:30 a.m. while showing no ill effects from Tuesday's big work.

Greg's Gold had a good morning, as did Dixie Chatter, who open galloped through the stretch.