10/10/2004 11:00PM

Mr O'Brien might go to BC Mile

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Options for Mr O'Brien if he doesn't run in the BC Mile include the Knickerbocker at Aqueduct and the Citation at Hollywood Park.

ELMONT, N.Y. - The connections of Kelso winner Mr O'Brien are now seriously considering supplementing the gelding to the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Mile, trainer Robin Graham said Monday.

Following Saturday's , Graham indicated it would be unlikely that she and her ownership group, Skeedattle Stable, would pay the $135,000 supplemental fee to make Mr O'Brien eligible for the race. Monday, Graham said she is looking into what's involved in running in the Breeders' Cup.

"It would cost $135,000 to go, but how many times do little guys like us get the chance?'' Graham said from Maryland. "They want to know all the possibilities. We are thinking about it anyway, checking into it.''

In the Kelso, Mr O'Brien won for the third time in eight starts this year and is now 4 for 5 at the one-mile distance. His other victories this year include the Henry Clark and Grade 2 Dixie, both at Pimlico.

"[Eibar] Coa rode him absolutely perfect, and he did exactly what I thought he could do,'' Graham said about the Kelso, in which Mr O'Brien beat Millennium Dragon by 1 1/2 lengths. "He's standing here biting everybody, mooching candy and cookies. You might have thought he worked Saturday, but that would be all.''

Graham said if Mr O'Brien was not supplemented to the Breeders' Cup, he could be pointed to races such as the $150,000 Knickerbocker Handicap at Aqueduct on Oct. 30 and/or the $500,000 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park on Nov. 27.

If he were supplemented, Mr O'Brien would most likely be the only horse from the Kelso to run in the BC Mile. Trainer Kiaran McLaughlin said Millennium Dragon would not be supplemented. Trainer Nick Zito said Kelso third-place finisher Gulch Approval is highly unlikely to run.

Stroll injured, retired

Stroll, who finished fourth as the 2-1 favorite in the Kelso, suffered a strained suspensory ligament and has been retired, trainer Bill Mott said.

Stroll, a 4-year-old Claiborne Farm homebred son of Pulpit, retires with a record of 7-3-1 from 16 starts and earnings of $795,071.

Stroll won five stakes, including the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic earlier this year at Churchill Downs. His other stakes wins were the Lamplighter, the Grade 2 Hall of Fame, Grade 2 Jamaica, and Grade 3 Calder Derby.

"He was a talented horse and a very tough horse,'' Mott said. "He was very active, wanted to train hard. Hopefully, he'll make a sire for someone. He's a very attractive horse, and he had speed.''

Beldame second, third remain BC-bound

Beldame winner Sightseek may be headed to the breeding shed, but Society Selection and Storm Flag Flying are headed to the $2 million Breeders' Cup Distaff at Lone Star Park, their connections confirmed on Monday.

Society Selection, taking on older horses for the first time, ran a creditable second behind Sightseek in the Beldame. "She did the best she could,'' her trainer, Allen Jerkens, said.

Society Selection, the Alabama and Test winner, will ship to Texas on Oct. 24 along with the Jerkens-trained Bowman's Band, who is pointing for the $4 million Classic.

Meanwhile, trainer Shug McGaughey hopes the Distaff sets up a bit differently than the Beldame, a race that Sightseek controlled from the outset in posting a gate-to-wire victory. Storm Flag Flying finished third, beaten four lengths.

"We had to chase that filly, and that's not her style,'' McGaughey said. "Every time [Sightseek] would spurt away he'd have to ride her to stay up with her. Hopefully, the Breeders' Cup around two turns will have a little bigger field and we'll get a little pace.''

While John Velazquez has been the regular rider of Storm Flag Flying, it is likely he will ride Ashado in the Distaff. If that were the case, then Jerry Bailey would ride Storm Flag Flying, McGaughey said.

The Distaff will be the last race of her career.

Afleet Alex remains on BC fence

Trainer Tim Ritchey said he would wait a few days before making a final decision regarding Afleet Alex's participation in the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Afleet Alex suffered his first defeat in Saturday's Champagne, when he finished second, one-half length behind Proud Accolade.

Ritchey said Afleet Alex "ran well enough'' to go to the Breeders' Cup, but Ritchey said he wants to monitor how the colt trains "the next four or five days.'' Afleet Alex was scheduled to return to the track on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Champagne winner Proud Accolade and third-place finisher Sun King will run in the Juvenile.

Nick Zito, the trainer of Sun King, said he was hoping Javier Castellano could have taken Sun King off the pace, saved ground, and made one run. Instead, Sun King was up close to the pace and did well to finish third, just 1 3/4 lengths behind Proud Accolade.

"He still ran his guts out,'' Zito said. "It was only his third start. He's definitely got the talent, he definitely belongs.''

Balletto likely for Juvenile Fillies

Trainer Tom Albertrani is proceeding as if Frizette winner Balletto will run in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, though he hasn't gotten the official word yet from Darley Stable's Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum.

"We're still pointing for the Breeders' Cup,'' Albertrani said, "but until we get word from Sheikh Mohammed we won't know exactly what the plan is.''

Albertrani said he was happy with Balletto's performance in the Frizette and thought it was equally as good as her effort in the Matron, when she finished second behind Sense of Style despite some traffic trouble.

Ready's Gal, who finished second in the Frizette, will also run in the Juvenile Fillies.

Sis City, who faded to third after setting the pace, will not run in the Breeders' Cup, trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said.

Lucifer's Stone out with ankle injury

A chip discovered in her left front ankle will keep Lucifer's Stone out of this weekend's Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland, trainer Linda Rice said.

The chip was discovered shortly after Lucifer's Stone won the Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup at Belmont, her fourth win from six starts this year. Rice was hopeful she could still make the Queen Elizabeth, but when she couldn't get a workout into Lucifer's Stone over the weekend, the decision was made to skip the race.

Once the ownership group Team Solaris Stable gets over the disappointment of missing the race, it must decide what to do next with Lucifer's Stone. Lucifer's Stone has been cataloged in the Keeneland November Breeding Stock Sale, which begins on Nov. 8. John Ball, the managing partner of Team Solaris, said it is possible they could pull Lucifer's Stone out of the sale, operate on her, and point her to a 4-year-old campaign. The other option is to sell her.

"We'll do a little soul-searching and take a little time to mull it over,'' Ball said. "The sale is there as an option if we want to use it. It's kind of a tough decision, to tell you the truth. The partnership is set up as a racing partnership, not a breeding partnership.''

Pick six hit despite $164.50 longshot

Despite the fact that the highest-priced winner of the year at a NYRA track won in the sequence, Monday's pick six was hit by five bettors. The pick six returned $36,259 for a $2 wager that had the winning combination of 2-2-6-2-8-5.

There was a carryover of $43,555 entering the card.

Quatro Blanco, an 81-1 shot who returned $164.50, won the second leg of the sequence.

According to NYRA officials, the winning pick six wagers were placed at New York City OTB; Nebraska; Las Vegas; Lewiston, Maine; and Eurotrack, which handles offshore wagers.