10/20/2004 11:00PM

One void on Jerkens's resume


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - There are things in life that simply do not make sense. Eating snails and passing it off as a delicacy by renaming them escargot, for instance. Calling a show with a camera in a contestant's face "reality television."

Racing also has plenty of nonsensical items. How about handicappers who make a case for a runner because he has a "race over the track," even though the horse beat just one rival? Or how about Allen Jerkens never winning a Triple Crown race or a Breeders' Cup race?

Jerkens long ago was deservedly voted into the Hall of Fame, and the veteran trainer remains one of the elite in the game. He has adapted with the times and continues to win top-shelf races. Yet his record in the Breeders' Cup is one of abject failure. He has had six runners, several of whom were well regarded, and not one has finished better than fifth.

Sky Beauty was the second choice in the 1993 Distaff and finished last of nine. Devil His Due was the co-third choice in the 1994 Classic and finished 11th. And last year, Society Selection was second choice in the Juvenile Fillies and finished 10th.

Jerkens will try again this year with Society Selection in the Distaff and longshot Bowman's Band in the Classic in the Breeders' Cup Oct. 30 at Lone Star Park. Society Selection is regarded as having has the better chance of the two. She is coming off a series of strong efforts, including victories in the Test and Alabama at Saratoga, and a second-place finish to Sightseek in the Beldame Stakes.

Thursday at Belmont Park, Society Selection worked an easy seven furlongs in 1:31.03 on a fast main track.

"We didn't want to do too much because she's going to work in Texas," Jerkens said. "She doesn't need a whole lot. It's not like she's had six weeks between races."

The slow time is in keeping with the way Jerkens wants Society Selection to train, and then race.

"We want her back early," he said. "She seems better when she makes one big run."

Society Selection ran one of her worst races when she was close to the pace in the Mother Goose. She also bled in that race, and went on Lasix for the Test. But Jerkens believes the late-running tactics used in the Test were more significant than the first-time Lasix.

"She bled a little in the Mother Goose, but it wasn't enough of an excuse for the way she ran," he said.

Society Selection is scheduled to fly here on Sunday and have her final workout at Lone Star on Wednesday.

Cornelio Velasquez will ride Society Selection. The remainder of the pre-entries for the 1 1/8-mile Distaff are Ashado (John Velazquez the rider), Azeri (Pat Day), Bare Necessities (undecided), Elloluv (Corey Nakatani), Hollywood Story (undecided), Indy Groove (Mark Guidry), Island Fashion (Kerwin John), Nebraska Tornado (undecided), Stellar Jayne (Robby Albarado), Storm Flag Flying (Jerry Bailey), and Tamweel (Rene Douglas).

- additional reporting by David Grening