10/22/2009 11:00PM

Negligee boosts Juvenile Fillies hopes


ELMONT, N.Y. - Negligee established her credentials as a significant player for next month's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies when she upset the Grade 1 Alcibiades at odds of 12-1 on Oct. 9. Friday morning, she gave her connections more reason to like their chances in the Juvenile Fillies when she worked a solid four furlongs in 47.38 seconds at Belmont Park.

With exercise rider Simon Harris in the irons and maintaining a loose rein throughout, Negligee went off in 12.08 seconds and came home in 35.30 seconds. She proceeded to gallop out five furlongs in 1:00.09.

"We were looking for just an easy half to keep her happy,'' trainer John Terranova said. "It was a great move, she did that really well. Simon came back, he was really happy with her.''

Terranova said Negligee had appeared to come out of her win in the Alcibiades in good shape, but "it's nice to see them work back off a race and make sure,'' he said. "But she's been true to us so far, she hasn't lied yet.''

The Alcibiades was Negligee's first start for Terranova and Sovereign Stable, which purchased Negligee following her second-place finish to the Terranova-trained Franny Freud in the Ontario Debutante at Woodbine. The Alcibiades was also Negligee's first start around two turns.

Negligee is expected to work once more on Thursday before shipping to Southern California on Friday, Terranova said.

Two more Juvenile Fillies breeze

Devil May Care and Amen Hallelujah - two horses Negligee will face in the Breeders' Cup - also put in workouts Friday morning.

Devil May Care, who won the Grade 1 Frizette, worked four furlongs in 50.61 seconds over the Belmont training track. Across town at Aqueduct, Amen Hallelujah - third to Negligee in the Alcibiades - worked four furlongs in 49.38 seconds on the turf.

Devil May Care went off in 26.46 seconds for her opening quarter before coming home in 24.15 seconds. She galloped out in 1:03.78.

"I thought she worked extremely well," said trainer Todd Pletcher. "We were kind of looking for just an easy half and she did it the right way, broke off nice and relaxed and finished up strongly without being asked."

Pletcher plans one more work for Devil May Care and will ship her and the rest of his Belmont-based Breeders' Cup contingent to Southern California on Nov. 3.

Maram may try Ladies' Classic

Maram, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf last year, may head back to Santa Anita to take a shot in the $2 million Ladies' Classic, trainer Chad Brown said Friday.

Maram suffered her first defeat when she finished third in the Pebbles Stakes - beaten a neck and a nose - here on Oct. 12.

"I think she should have won the race,'' Brown said. "I'm not taking anything away from the first two finishers - they ran really well - but I think we got in a lot of trouble. I think the one turn in hindsight probably wasn't in her favor either. I never real considered that. I was just looking for a mile for her because I knew I didn't have her fully cranked.''

Brown said Silver Timber, winner of the Grade 3 Woodford at Keeneland, will be supplemented to the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint.

Bridge-jumpers take a bath

Those who placed large show wagers on Bon Jovi Girl in Friday's $67,450 Real Prize Stakes were looking for the nearest bridge to leap from when the 3-5 favorite dropped back on the far turn and finished last of five. She was beaten 24 1/2 lengths by Unrivaled Belle ($7), who cruised to a 6 3/4-length, front-running victory under Jose Lezcano.

Of the $66,864 in the show pool, $55,505 was bet on Bon Jovi Girl. That resulted in show payouts of $9 for the winner, Unrivaled Belle, $24 for second-place finisher Banker's Buy, and $11 for third-place finisher Don't Forget Gil.

According to NYRA officials, the largest amount of money bet to show was at Belmont, Las Vegas, and Keeneland.

Bon Jovi Girl was coming out of a second-place finish to Careless Jewel in the Grade 2 Fitz Dixon Cotillion at Philadelphia Park on Oct. 3. She had finished worse than third only three times in her 13-race career, all in graded stakes competition.

Jockey Anna Napravnik said Bon Jovi Girl didn't seem to care for Belmont's main track.

"I don't think she got along with the track,'' Napravnik said. "It's a little bit deep. In the middle of the turn I asked her to run, but she wasn't running. She didn't like it here. It wasn't her day.''

Meanwhile, Unrivaled Belle, a daughter of Unbridled's Song, won for the third straight time, running 1 1/16 miles in 1:42.38.