10/07/2007 11:00PM

McLaughlin has another Cup contender

EmailELMONT, N.Y. - Kiaran McLaughlin's Breeders' Cup bandwagon is filling up.

Two weeks ago, it looked like McLaughlin's only runners for the Breeders' Cup World Championships would be Lear's Princess (Distaff) and Shakespeare (Turf or Mile). But in the last two weeks, big wins by Lahudood in the Flower Bowl on Sept. 29 and Daaher in Sunday's Grade 2 Jerome have expanded McLaughlin's roster.

Daaher earned a shot at the $1 million Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile on Oct. 26 with a solid 2 1/4-length victory in the Jerome Breeders' Cup at Belmont. Daaher earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 110 for his performance, which came six weeks after he earned a 107 winning an allowance race at Saratoga.

While the BC Dirt Mile is the short-range target, McLaughlin believes Daaher could be a candidate for the $6 million Dubai World Cup next March.

"I think he'll get a mile and a quarter with his pedigree," said McLaughlin, whose horse is a son of Awesome Again and who is a full brother to the Grade 1 winner Spun Sugar. "The reason you want to run in that mile-and-70-yard race is that track. The negative is the timing."

McLaughlin was referring to the fact the Breeders' Cup is being held at notoriously speed-favoring Monmouth Park, but he is concerned that the Dirt Mile is run just 19 days after the Jerome.

Lear's Princess, who defeated Belmont Stakes winner Rags to Riches in the Grade 1 Gazelle, worked four furlongs in 50.99 seconds last Friday at Saratoga.

Violette Cup pair work at Aqueduct

Dream Rush, a leading contender for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Sprint, and High Finance, who is being pointed to the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile, both put in strong workouts Monday morning at Aqueduct.

Dream Rush, a two-time Grade 1 winner, drilled five furlongs in 58.40 seconds. High Finance, winner of the Grade 2 Tom Fool, worked a mile in 1:39.08.

Rick Violette, the trainer of both horses, said he wanted to put stiff workouts into both horses.

"Now I'm ahead of the curve," Violette said. "I needed to make them blow one time before we lead them over."

Dream Rush has not run since winning the Grade 1 Test at Saratoga on Aug. 26. She was being pointed to the Gallant Bloom on Sept. 22, but was forced to miss the race because of an illness.

High Finance has not run since finishing eighth in the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga on Sept. 1. Violette said he has still not come up with a plausible excuse for that poor performance, but has been happy with the way the colt has trained the last few weeks.

Violette said he is also considering running Phantom Income in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on Oct. 27. Phantom Income is coming off a 4 1/4-length victory in the NATC Futurity at The Meadowlands on Sept. 29, running six furlongs in 1:09.02.

That win came after two poor results at Saratoga. Phantom Income reared up at the start of the Adirondack on Aug. 15 before coming back two weeks later and finishing seventh in the Spinaway.

"She's a special filly," Violette said. "The gate mishap certainly messed me up." In the NATC Futurity, he said, "she ran almost a second faster than the boys. She's out of a dam that's a half to Ghostzapper, so I think I'm okay as far as the distance goes."

No decision yet on Majestic Warrior

While the Champagne winner, War Pass, is headed to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile, no decision has been made on Majestic Warrior, the Champagne favorite who finished a well-beaten sixth.

Trainer Bill Mott said he couldn't find anything amiss with Majestic Warrior, who came into the Champagne unbeaten in two starts but was beaten 14 lengths by front-running War Pass.

"I don't have any concrete answers," Mott said Monday. "He's jogging sound, he's moving well. We're still searching for anything that could be wrong."

Mott said will not make a decision on whether or not to run in the Juvenile until after the colt resumes training.

Desormeaux wins five on card

Jockey Kent Desormeaux became the second jockey in 10 days to win five races on a Belmont card when he went 5 for 7 on Sunday's card. On Sept. 28, Eibar Coa won 5 races from 8 mounts.

Desormeaux won the second with Loving Vindication ($3.60), the third with Cagey Girl ($10.40), the fifth on Life Is Sweet ($5.80), the sixth on North Country ($9.20), and the nightcap with Chasing the Crown ($16.60). Desormeaux also finished second in the Grade 2 Jerome on Forefathers.

* The Sword Dancer winner, Grand Couturier, worked five furlongs in 1:01.84 over Belmont's main track Monday in preparation for a start in the $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf.