09/25/2007 11:00PM

Mott on the fence with My Typhoon


My Typhoon's victory in the Diana at Saratoga in July assured her a spot in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf at Monmouth Park on Oct. 27 through the Breeders' Cup's new program of awarding automatic berths to the winners of selected stakes.

As of earlier this week, trainer Bill Mott was uncertain whether My Typhoon would accept the berth. In his opinion, the BC Filly and Mare Turf distance of 1 3/8 miles is not an ideal fit for My Typhoon. The problem is, neither is the Breeders' Cup Distaff over 1 1/8 miles on dirt the same day.

"She's not really suited to the Breeders' Cup races," Mott said on Tuesday. "None are a perfect fit."

Mott is pressing on, and will enter My Typhoon in Saturday's $600,000 Flower Bowl Invitational Stakes over 1 1/4 miles on turf at Belmont Park. Another option for the 5-year-old My Typhoon is the $500,000 Spinster Stakes over 1 1/8 miles on Polytrack at Keeneland on Oct. 7.

"We'll see how she goes in the next go-round," Mott said. "The Flower Bowl will come up first, and she'll be entered in that."

The Flower Bowl is an important prep to the BC Filly and Mare Turf, along with Saturday's $400,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes over 1 1/4 miles on turf at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting.

The Flower Bowl probable starters include Alexander Tango, the winner of the Grade 1 Garden City Stakes earlier this month; Royal Highness, the winner of the Beverly D. Stakes in August; and Wait a While, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2006. Royal Highness earned an automatic berth to the BC Filly and Mare Turf with her win in the Beverly D.

The Yellow Ribbon is led by the unbeaten Nashoba's Key, who has won three consecutive graded stakes, and Citronnade, the winner of four graded stakes this year.

The Filly and Mare Turf lost some of its international appeal earlier this week when Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien said that Peeping Fawn was unlikely to start for the rest of the year. A winner of four Group 1 races this year, she was considered a leading candidate for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe against males in Paris on Oct. 7.