Updated on 09/17/2011 6:54PM

'Moscow' possible for Japan Cup


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Moscow Burning, who finished fourth in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Lone Star on Oct. 30, is being considered for the $3.9 million Japan Cup against males at Tokyo Racecourse on Nov. 28.

Trainer Jim Cassidy said a decision on whether to try for the international race will be made in coming days. Moscow Burning is scheduled to resume training at Santa Anita on Sunday.

Cassidy said that if Moscow Burning does not start in the Japan Cup, she is likely to be given a three-week break to prepare for a 2005 campaign.

Moscow Burning was the lone California-bred in this year's Breeders' Cup. In the 1 3/8-mile Filly and Mare Turf, she led by as many as four lengths early. Her lead dwindled to 1 1/2 lengths on the final turn and she was caught in midstretch, finishing 4 1/2 lengths behind the heavily favored Ouija Board.

A 4-year-old, Moscow Burning has had a remarkably consistent season. A winner of 2 of 10 starts and $612,970, Moscow Burning won the Fran's Valentine Stakes for statebreds in April and scored the most important win of her career in the Grade 2 Sheepshead Bay Handicap at Belmont Park on May 29.

Moscow Burning is winless in five subsequent starts, a span that includes runner-up finishes in the Beverly Hills and John Mabee handicaps and third-place finishes in the Del Mar Handicap and Flower Bowl Invitational.

The Del Mar Handicap was against males. Moscow Burning stalked the pace throughout and held third, losing by 2 1/4 lengths to Star Over the Bay.

Claimed for $25,000 in August 2003 by partners Don Van Kempen, Jeffrey Mariani, and Michael Nentwig, Moscow Burning is a top candidate for the 2004 California-bred horse of the year title.

Cassidy said that if Moscow Burning does not start in Japan, her next major goal will be the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf for California-breds and Florida-breds over 1 1/8 miles at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 29. In the 2004 running at Santa Anita, Moscow Burning finished second, rallying from fifth in the final furlong to finish three-quarters of a length behind Valentine Dancer.

Cassidy said he will be watching Moscow Burning closely in coming days to see if this year's 10-race campaign has taken a toll.

"The thing about going to Japan is she won't give you much indication she's had enough until you run her," he said. "She's tough as hickory. They said the final decision is up to me."

Atticus, Defy Logic join farm rosters

Two new stallions were added to the rosters of California farms this week in advance of the 2005 breeding season.

Atticus, the winner of the Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap in 1997, will stand for $4,000 at Magali Farms in Santa Ynez.

Defy Logic, a half-brother to leading freshman stallion Yes It's True, will stand for $4,000 at EA Ranches in Ramona.

Atticus won 7 of 18 starts and $1,205,933 in a four-year career. He won four stakes, including the Grade 2 Arcadia Handicap on turf at Santa Anita, setting a course record of 1:31.89 for a mile. In France, Atticus won a Group 3 and was second in the 1995 French 2000 Guineas.

By Nureyev, Atticus entered stud in 1998. He has sired three stakes winners and the earners of more than $3.4 million.

Atticus previously stood in Kentucky and is now owned by Suarez Racing.

Defy Logic, 4, is by Saint Ballado out of Clever Monique and was purchased as a yearling for $1.55 million. Defy Logic won 2 of 18 starts and earned $115,170 during his three-year career.