09/02/2004 11:00PM

Moscow Burning might be supplemented to Breeders' Cup

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DEL MAR, Calif. - The California-bred Moscow Burning, third against males in the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap last weekend, might be supplemented to the $1 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30, trainer Jim Cassidy said on Friday.

Cassidy has proposed making the $90,000 supplemental nomination to the partnership that owns the 4-year-old filly, who has won 3 of 8 starts and $457,600 this year.

The Filly and Mare Turf is a Grade 1 stakes. In her only other appearance in a Grade 1, Moscow Burning finished second to Musical Chimes in the John Mabee Handicap on July 24.

"She'll run with anybody, Cassidy said. "If she can win or hit the board, I think it would enhance her value quite a bit. I'm looking at the economics of it."

Moscow Burning has won two stakes this year - the Fran's Valentine Stakes for statebreds at Hollywood Park in April and the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont Park in late May.

Cassidy has other autumn races in mind for Moscow Burning, including the $500,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 2, the $500,000 WinStar Galaxy Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 10, or the $750,000 E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine on Oct. 24. The Yellow Ribbon and WinStar Galaxy are considered preps to the Filly and Mare Turf.

In the Del Mar Handicap, her first start against males, Moscow Burning stalked pacesetter and eventual winner Star Over the Bay, drew within a length after a mile but yielded second in the stretch to Sarafan. Cassidy said he was pleased with the performance, even though Moscow Burning finished 2 1/4 lengths behind Star Over the Bay.

"How could you not be?" Cassidy said. "When Sarafan went to her, she gutted it out until the end."

Tizdubai goes to breeding shed

Tizdubai, a California-bred filly who won the 2003 Sorrento Stakes and is a full-sister to 2000 Horse of the Year Tiznow, has been sent to Darley at Jonabell Farm in Kentucky and will be bred next year.

No stallion mating has been determined, according to Dan Pride of Darley at Jonabell.

The Maktoum family's Godolphin Racing announced in late August that Tizdubai was retired after she was found to have a hairline fracture in her left hock. Godolphin campaigned Tizdubai with trainer Eoin Harty last year.

By Cee's Tizzy, Tizdubai, 3, made two starts last year, winning a maiden race and the Grade 2 Sorrento Stakes over 6 1/2 furlongs before she was sidelined with a non-displaced condylar fracture.

Tizdubai was sent to Dubai last fall and resumed training there in the spring. She made two starts on turf in England earlier this year for trainer Saeed bin Suroor, but was not competitive. Tizdubai finished sixth in the Princess Elizabeth Stakes at Epsom in early June and was last of seven in the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes at Newmarket a month later.

Following that race, she was considered for the Arlington Oaks on dirt at Arlington Park but was not entered.

Senor Fango heads I'm Smokin

The final California-bred stakes of the Del Mar meeting is Monday's $100,000 I'm Smokin Stakes for 2-year-olds over six furlongs. Senor Fango, who won the Graduation Stakes for statebreds on July 28, heads what will probably be a small field. Owned by Jerry and Barbara Dutton and Vlad Popovich, Senor Fango has won 2 of 6 starts and $106,520.

Top Money, who has won two races for claimers at this meeting, and Fallfree, who finished second in the Graduation and returned to win an allowance race over 5 1/2 furlongs on Aug. 19, are also nominated.