10/10/2004 11:00PM

Next stop, Lone Star


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - With the last batch of Breeders' Cup prep races in the books, locally based trainers have begun making travel arrangements for the horses who will run in the Oct. 30 championships at Lone Star Park in Texas.

Starting early next week, four flights chartered by the Tex Sutton Forwarding Co. have been scheduled to Dallas from Louisville or Lexington. Although some details are not yet final, these travel dates appear certain, according to a Tex Sutton spokesman:

Monday - Magistretti (BC Turf) and Sense of Style (BC Juvenile Fillies) for Patrick Biancone.

Tuesday - Kitten's Joy (Turf) and Roses in May (BC Classic) for Dale Romans. Both are tentatively scheduled to work at Lone Star on Oct. 23.

Oct. 24 - Champali (BC Sprint) for Greg Foley, Clock Stopper (Sprint) for Dallas Stewart, and Runway Model (Juvenile Fillies) for Bernie Flint.

Oct. 26 - Azeri (BC Distaff), Stellar Jayne (Distaff), and Consolidator (BC Juvenile) for D. Wayne Lukas.

Flint filly finally pays off

At 17-1, Runway Model was a surprise to most people when she captured the Alcibiades on Friday at Keeneland in Lexington. But not to trainer Bernie Flint.

"I always thought she was a real good filly," said Flint. "I just didn't know how good."

The Alcibiades victory temporarily allowed Flint, 64, to forget about the health woes he has been experiencing for the last six weeks. He was in the intensive-care unit in a Louisville hospital in early September after a blood clot in his leg went to his lungs.

"They say it'll take six months for the blood clots still in my left leg to dissolve," he said. "It's restricted my activity quite a bit, but I'll tell you, I didn't feel a thing walking into that infield" for winner's ceremonies Friday.

Mustanfar looks possible for Turf

Mustanfar was so impressive in defeating older horses Saturday in the Sycamore Stakes that trainer Kiaran McLaughlin is now looking to run him in the BC Turf.

"There is a nice group of 3-year-old turf horses this year, and we've hooked a couple of them," said McLaughlin, referring primarily to Turf favorite Kitten's Joy.

Mustanfar, a 3-year-old Unbridled colt, lagged behind the field for much of the 1 1/2-mile Sycamore before streaking to a three-length score.

Sunday pick four overlaid

If the winning mutuel on the final pick four offered Sunday at Keeneland seemed like an overlay, well, it was. Because Keeneland had guaranteed the pool at $300,000, payoffs were calculated at that number instead of the $244,896 that was actually handled.

The $2 pick four paid $418.80. Win prices on the subject races (6 through 9) were $18, $4, $2.80, and $5.40, meaning a $2 win parlay would have returned about $136.

Keeneland will still offer the $300,000 guarantee on the last pick four of the day on the next two Sundays (Oct. 17 and 24) at the meet.

Storm Cat title stays in family

When Good Reward drove to victory Sunday in the Storm Cat Stakes, it wasn't the first time a son of Storm Cat had won the $100,000 turf race.

February Storm, trained by Lukas, also won the 2002 Storm Cat, marking what would be the final win of his 20-race career. The first running of the Storm Cat in 2001 was for filly-mare sprinters, meaning that two of the first three runnings of the race - since it was switched - have been won by sons of Storm Cat, who stands for $500,000 at nearby Overbrook Farm.

Halory Leigh breaks slump

Dale Romans said he would try to snap a losing streak for Halory Leigh and "switch things up" when he moved her from dirt to turf last summer.

But after four more losses, Romans returned Halory Leigh to the dirt, where she responded Sunday with a sparkling four-length triumph in a seven-furlong classified allowance run in a snappy 1:22.44.

"We switched until we finally got it right," said Romans.

Foley scores with three longshots

Surely veteran trainer Vickie Foley won't forget opening weekend at the 2004 Keeneland fall meet for a long time.

Foley enjoyed a tremendous opening, saddling a longshot winner on each of the first three programs: Prince Prado ($26.40) on Friday, Myfavoritepassion ($61) on Saturday, and Running Saint ($29.20) on Sunday.

Foley's brother, Greg, also enjoyed a great Keeneland opening by sending out Champali to win the Phoenix.

* The new "Mutuel Fun" bet with which Keeneland is experimenting handled an aggregate of about $33,000 on the opening three-day weekend, or an average of about $11,000 per day. The new bet is designed to entice novices to pool their money in the hopes that a more seasoned handicapper - in this case, Jude Feld, a former California trainer who now works in the Keeneland media relations department - can make them a buck or two.

* Although Rafael Bejarano arguably had the best opening weekend by winning three graded stakes, he won only two other races. Pat Day took the lead in the Keeneland rider standings by winning six races, including the Grade 1 Spinster aboard Azeri.

* Eurosilver, who figures as a heavy favorite Thursday in the Perryville Stakes, had a prerace blowout Monday at Churchill, going a half-mile in 47.40 seconds under exercise rider Tracey Wilkes.

* Dallas Stewart said Monday that Day will retain the mount on Clock Stopper, who had a very eventful trip when he ran third as the favorite in the Phoenix BC Stakes.