09/21/2013 2:10PM

Mountaineer: McCauley moves on to Plan C with Fusaichiswonderful


Fusaichiswonderful was supposed to run Saturday in either the Grade 3 Dogwood Stakes at Churchill Downs or the $400,000 Charles Town Oaks. A minor injury that Fusaichiswonderful sustained while in her stall Friday, however, caused trainer Tevis McCauley to scratch her from both races and devise an alternate plan that also involves a trip to West Virginia.

Assuming she’s fully healthy, the 3-year-old filly Fusaichiswonderful will make her first start for McCauley and prep for the Indiana Oaks in Tuesday night’s $37,000 allowance feature at Mountaineer Racetrack. The no-conditions allowance will be contested at a mile on the main track and drew a field of eight fillies and mares.

Fusaichiswonderful was scratched from both the Dogwood and Charles Town Oaks after she incurred what McCauley described as a “superficial scratch on her left front leg” while in her stall early Friday.

“If she’s okay by Tuesday, we’d like to send her over to Mountaineer to run,” he said. “We’d like to get a prep in her for the Indiana Oaks.”

The Indiana Oaks, a Grade 2, 1 1/16-mile race worth $200,000, is scheduled for Oct. 5 at Indiana Downs.

Unbeaten in five starts as a 2-year-old in Puerto Rico, Fusaichiswonderful has yet to race beyond seven furlongs, a distance where she won a Grade 1 race in Puerto Rico and finished a close third in the Grade 3 Eight Belles at Churchill Downs in May.

McCauley, whose stable is based at Keeneland, is 6 for 20 (30 percent) shipping into Mountaineer this season. He has given the mount on Fusaichiswonderful to Mountaineer regular Jason Lumpkins, who is 2 for 3 riding for McCauley this year.

Fusaichiswonderful’s most dangerous rival Tuesday night is the 5-year-old mare Revelstoke. Although winless in eight starts this year, Revelstoke is 3 for 5 lifetime on Mountaineer’s main track and 2 for 2 locally when switching from a synthetic surface to dirt. A year ago, Revelstoke won a similar no-conditions allowance at Mountaineer by 11 1/4 lengths.

The hottest horse in the race is Nava, a 4-year-old filly who has won her last three starts, two at Thistledown and the other at Mount Pleasant Meadows in Michigan, by a combined margin of 21 1/4 lengths.