10/20/2008 11:00PM

Out of Control stretching out in Turf


It may seem crazy to ask a horse to try 1 1/2 miles for the first time in a race as difficult as Saturday's $3 million Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita, but history will be on Out of Control's side this weekend.

The last time the BC Turf was run at Santa Anita, in 2003, Johar tried the distance for the first time and finished in a dead heat for first with the European star High Chaparral.

Out of Control has not won beyond a mile and has never run beyond 1 1/4 miles. In fairness to the 5-year-old, he has been very game in two starts over 1 1/4 miles this year, finishing second by a nose to BC Turf hopeful Dancing Forever in the Grade 1 Manhattan Handicap at Belmont Park in June and second by a head to Red Giant in the Clement Hirsch Turf Championship at Santa Anita on Sept. 27.

Trainer Bobby Frankel is relying on the layout of Saturday's race to help Out of Control with the new distance. The race starts on the hillside turf course and joins the main turf course with approximately 1 1/8 miles remaining.

"They're going downhill the first three-eighths," Frankel said. "I think he'll run really well."

Owned by Stud TNT, Out of Control has won 5 of 17 starts and $750,837. He is winless in six starts this year. In 2007, Out of Control won two stakes, including the Grade 2 Oak Tree Mile on turf.

In the BC Turf, which has drawn a field of 11, Frankel hopes to see Out of Control take his customary position as a stalker, in pursuit of Red Rocks Canyon, the committed pacesetter for the European star Soldier of Fortune.

"They can set it up for other horses, too," Frankel said of the pacesetter. "He won't be too far off it."