09/23/2001 11:00PM

O'Callaghan cautious in plotting course for Guided Tour


FLORENCE, Ky. - Before catching a flight Saturday to see his family in his native Ireland, trainer Niall O'Callaghan was noncommittal about what race will be next for Guided Tour, who again showed his grit when he ran down Balto Star to win the Kentucky Cup Classic.

O'Callaghan said he will consider all options with Guided Tour, but he does not seem inclined to try such heavyweights as Galileo and Tiznow in the Oct. 27 Breeders' Cup Classic. The trainer also mentioned the Japan Cup Dirt as possible, but noted that Guided Tour has earned over $1.3 million this year "by being in the right spots."

Indeed, Guided Tour's four victories this year have all come in Grade 2 company. Among the races O'Callaghan has under consideration for Guided Tour are the Fayette Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 27, and the Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23. The Japan Cup Dirt on Nov. 24 is also a possibility.

As for the other Cup winners:

Trip, winner of the Turfway Breeders' Cup, runs next in the Churchill Downs Distaff, a one-mile race Nov. 3, said Seth Hancock, president of Claiborne Farm.

Snow Ridge probably is headed to the Breeders' Cup Sprint after his impressive win over City Zip in the Kentucky Cup Sprint, said trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Repent, who already is drawing comparisons to 1995 Kentucky Derby runner-up Tejano Run from trainer Ken McPeek, could go straight to the Breeders' Cup off his Kentucky Cup Juvenile win. The victory was Repent's second straight after he finished third in his career debut. McPeek's other 2-year-old stakes winner, Harlan's Holiday, likely runs next in the Oct. 7 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland.

Playing n' Gold, winner of the Juvenile Fillies, goes next in the Oct. 5 Alcibiades at Keeneland, said Bob Holthus, "even though it's close back. She's a tough filly."

*Attendance at Turfway Saturday was officially listed at 8,891, although president Bob Elliston later said the actual count "may not have been quite that high." Indeed, even amid perfect weather conditions, Turfway seemed less crowded than on recent Kentucky Cup days.

Among the attendees was Tim Smith of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. Perhaps the most interesting party included Jerry Carroll, former owner of Turfway, and David Alexander, a Kentuckian who last month won a $72 million prize in the Powerball lottery.

*Jockeys Orlando Mojica and Rhonda Collins escaped serious injury Sunday during an ugly spill in which Collins's mount, Myles My Man, broke down badly during the stretch drive of the fourth race. Collins was active later in the Sunday card, while Mojica resumed riding Monday at Kentucky Downs

*Surely something similar has happened before, but that doesn't mean the training feat the Foley family accomplished last week at Turfway wasn't impressive.

On Thursday, son Greg Foley won with Screenplay. On Friday, dad Dravo Foley won with Monarch's Gold. And on Saturday, daughter Vicki Foley won with Sky Terrace.

*Personal First scored his first victory since the 2000 Amsterdam Stakes when he defeated allowance rivals in the Sunday feature at Turfway. Personal First, trained by David Paulus, had lost seven straight races before ending the skein.

*Kevin Goemmer, the former longtime announcer at River Downs and more recently at Arlington and Hawthorne, will substitute for regular race-caller Mike Battaglia at Turfway this weekend. Goemmer will be at the mike Thursday, Friday, and Saturday while Battaglia works for NBC-TV on opening weekend at Santa Anita.