09/29/2003 11:00PM

No Breeders' Cup for Wacky Patty


Wacky Patty will run at Santa Anita next month, but not in the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies as originally planned. Her connections have changed directions with the filly, who will start instead in the track's $75,000 Anoakia Stakes on Oct. 19.

The decision was made after Wacky Patty finished a distant fourth as the 1-5 favorite in the $40,000 Delta Miss Stakes at Louisiana Downs on Sunday. The consistent filly, who was 3 for 4 going into the race, had an apparent excuse for her poor performance.

"We think she displaced [her palate] when she tried to duck the gap when she came out of the gate," said Mark Cornett, who owns Wacky Patty. "She had enough air in her to get her to the turn, then she lost her action and started throwing her head up."

Cornett said an addition would be made to Wacky Patty's bit for her next race to help keep her from displacing her palate again. Wacky Patty will be flown to Santa Anita from her Louisiana Downs base on either Oct. 12 or 13 with the other horses her trainer, Cole Norman, plans to start on the Breeders' Cup card at Santa Anita.

In her start prior to the Delta Miss, Wacky Patty won the Grade 3 Landaluce at Hollywood Park on July 4.

Mr Jester to run in Iroquois

Mr Jester worked a bullet three furlongs in 35.20 seconds on Sunday in his first work since the Grade 3, $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile at Turfway Park on Sept. 13. Mr Jester was beaten a nose by Pomeroy in that race, but his number was put up when the winner was disqualified for interference.

Prior to the Kentucky Cup, Mr Jester won the $50,000 Pioneer at his Louisiana Downs base. He is now being pointed for two stakes at Churchill Downs: the Grade 3, $100,000 Iroquois on Nov. 2 and the Grade 2, $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes on Nov. 29.

Things went as planned in Mr Jester's drill Sunday.

"We broke a horse of in front of him and let him eat some dirt," said Steve Wren, who trains Mr Jester. "It was kind of schooling him in the ways of running. It was a very useful work."

Mr Jester, who has won 3 of 4 starts and $110,800, races for Kaaren Biggs.

Bonapaw seeks third Thanksgiving

Bonapaw will try to win a record third Thanksgiving Day Handicap opening day at Fair Grounds on Nov. 27, but before then he could make a start at Louisiana Downs.

Norman Miller, who trains Bonapaw for Dennis Richard, said the horse could start in an allowance either in Bossier City or at Keeneland or Churchill Downs before the Thanksgiving Day Stakes. Bonapaw is based at Folsom Training Center in Folsom, La.

Bonapaw made a rare start on turf in his last start and finished seventh as the favorite in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Turf Sprint at the unique, kidney-shaped racecourse at Kentucky Downs.

"His long-legged running style didn't lend itself to that course," said Miller. "He was scrambling on the turn. He came out of it great, and we're going to reload and take another shot."

Bonapaw will try to be the first horse to win three runnings of the Thanksgiving. He and four other horses have won the race twice. His wins came in 2000 and 2001. Overall, Bonapaw has won 17 of 42 starts and $1 million.

* Post times have changed at Louisiana Downs. The track has backed up first post to 1:30 p.m. Central beginning on Thursday and continuing through Oct. 24.

First post on Breeders' Cup Day, Oct. 25, is tentatively set for 11:30 a.m., while one day later, first post will shift to 12:30 p.m. through the end of the meet on Nov. 9.