11/23/2009 12:00AM

Millionaires to square off in Falls City

Adam Cognialese
Swift Temper will look to rebound from a pair of disappointing efforts in Thursday's Fall City Handicap.

thLOUISVILLE, Ky. - A couple of millionaire mares who know their way around a racetrack will be whetting the fans' appetites for a terrific final few days of racing at Churchill Downs when they clash Thursday in the 94th running of the Grade 2, $150,000 Falls City Handicap.

Swift Temper and Unbridled Belle drew alongside each other in posts 4 and 5 as the 122-pound highweights in a field of just six fillies and mares entered in the 1 1/8-mile Falls City.

Swift Temper has earned more than $1 million this year but will be trying to rebound off disappointing efforts in the Oct. 11 Spinster at Keeneland and the Nov. 7 Chilukki at Churchill. Overall, Swift Temper has earned nearly $1.3 million.

"I really think she'll run a lot better Thursday," trainer Dale Romans said. "I sure hope so. It's a big day for me and my family, Thanksgiving in Louisville. I'd love to see her back running the way she can."

Unbridled Belle, 6, was scheduled to arrive here Monday from New York, where she most recently captured the Grade 3 Turnback the Alarm at Aqueduct. The 6-year-old mare has earned nearly $1.9 million.

From the rail, this is the Falls City field: Best Lass, Morena, Copper State, Swift Temper, Unbridled Belle, and Serenading.

The Falls City, the 11th of 12 races Thursday, is the first of five graded stakes that close out the fall meet. The others are the Clark Handicap and River City Handicap on Friday, and the twin 2-year-old stakes, the Kentucky Jockey Club and Golden Rod, on the closing-day "Stars of Tomorrow" card Saturday.

First post Thursday through Saturday is 11:30 a.m. Eastern. Twelve races will be carded all three days.

One logical prospect for the Falls City, One Caroline, was not entered after incurring an injury when finishing third off a layoff in the Chilukki. Trainer Rusty Arnold said he is optimistic One Caroline, who opened her career with five wins before two losses, will be able to return in time to make her 5-year-old debut in April in the Grade 2 Louisville Distaff at Churchill.

Blame, Misremembered eye Clark

It seems that nobody is scaring anybody away in the Grade 2, $400,000 Clark. A couple of late-blooming 3-year-olds coming off stakes victories will be part of a lineup that already had such older standouts as Einstein and Macho Again as confirmed starters.

Blame, winner of the Fayette Stakes after finishing second in the Super Derby, and Misremembered, winner of the Indiana Derby for trainer Bob Baffert, will be in what is expected to be a big field for the 1 1/8-mile Clark.

Einstein, the 123-pound highweight and likely favorite, had his final pre-race workout here Sunday when going a half-mile in 48.60 seconds over a fast track with exercise rider Kelly Likes aboard.

Misremembered drilled six furlongs Saturday at Santa Anita in 1:12.40 and was scheduled to arrive here Tuesday.

Other notable starters for the 135th Clark include Bullsbay, Demarcation, Dubious Miss, Etched, and Giant Oak. As many as 13 were expected when entries were taken Tuesday.

Big performances on Saturday card

An eventful Saturday card at Churchill resulted in some bright and extended futures for at least several horses who performed well.

Custom for Carlos, a romping winner of a six-furlong allowance in 1:09.71, will soon head to Palm Meadows in Florida with trainer Eddie Kenneally. The colt earned a 99 Beyer Speed Figure in his Saturday win.

Acoma, who got a 96 Beyer in winning the Cardinal Handicap, probably will get some down time at Payson Park in Florida before being moved back into the David Carroll stable sometime at the Fair Grounds meet to get ready for a 5-year-old campaign.

Warrior's Reward, who closed furiously to pass every horse but the victorious Flavor in the final quarter-mile of a six-furlong allowance, earning a 93 Beyer, will have a short rest before heading off to Palm Meadows.

"I thought he ran tremendous," trainer Ian Wilkes said. "I wanted to give him a good experience before the break."

Borel appeals three-day suspension

Calvin Borel has filed an appeal with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission of a three-day suspension that would have precluded him from riding here the last three days of the meet. An appeal gets a jockey an automatic stay, pending a hearing. Borel was ordered suspended for his ride on Pulpit's Secret, who was disqualified from first to second in Friday's 10th race.

Borel, who led the Churchill standings with 21 wins going into the final five-day stretch of the meet, figures to win the riding crown. Julien Leparoux, second with 18 wins, will miss the Friday and Saturday cards to ride in Japan.

Meanwhile, Robby Albarado elected to take off his mounts Sunday, Tuesday, and Wednesday so as to serve a three-day suspension stemming from a riding infraction in the ninth race Thursday, when Albarado finished second aboard Irish Ridge but was disqualified to third.