10/11/2005 11:00PM

Pampered Princess likely to get her shot at BC Distaff


MIAMI - Trainer Marty Wolfson was still accepting congratulations early this week for Sunday's gutsy victory by Pampered Princess in Keeneland's Grade 1 , a performance that could propel the locally based mare into the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

"We've had our share of major stakes wins over the years, but this one ranks right up with the biggest races we've ever won," said Wolfson, who trains Pampered Princess for owner Martin Cherry. "She's a wonderful filly and it was also a great win for Eddie and his career."

Wolfson was referring to jockey Eddie Castro, Calder's leading rider the last two years, who put up a masterfully judged ride in the Spinster.

"Eddie and I talked at length for days about the race," said Wolfson. "I told him to let Tamweel go to the lead because I didn't think she would be able to get the distance, and I could see when Eddie came alongside that filly he was never concerned about her at all.

"Capeside Lady moved a little earlier than I would have expected but I knew Pampered Princess would get away from her because she has battled back and done that kind of thing down here many times before. To me, it was just a matter of who would be closing, and fortunately she was able to hold on."

Wolfson said he would discuss the Breeders' Cup with Cherry but that they are likely pre-enter Pampered Princess on Monday and assess the situation from there. The Distaff is run at 1 1/8 miles, which is only one turn at Belmont.

"If the race was around two turns and not one turn, because it's at Belmont this year, it would be a no-brainer to run her," said Wolfson. "She's the type of mare who needs to get a breather, and it's a lot harder to do that going a mile and one-eighth around only one turn. But the purse is $2 million and this will be her last chance at a Breeders' Cup since she will be bred next season, so I would say right now we're probably leaning towards running."

Wolfson takes two shots at Shocker T.

Wolfson also has high expectations this weekend for two of the up-and-coming fillies in his barn, Prospective Saint and Mocita, who will be among the leading contenders in Saturday's $100,000 Shocker T. Handicap.

Prospective Saint returns to south Florida after finishing fifth following a torrid pace battle in Delaware Park's Grade 3 Endine Handicap. Mocita steps back into stakes company off an easy second-level allowance win going a mile on Sept. 30.

"I think the race should set up well for both of them," said Wolfson. "Prospective Saint doesn't have to be in front, and she showed me she could go long when finishing second in the Indiana Oaks as a 3-year-old. Mocita ran a mile in 1:39 and change in her last start and that's pretty fast around here for a 3-year-old filly."

'Lumberjack' a live longshot

The Shocker T. is one of eight stakes on Saturday's $1.6 million Festival of the Sun program. The race drew a field of eight fillies and mares, led by highweights American Miss and Tigi.

Leading trainer Tim Ritvo will start horses in three of Saturday's stakes, including key contenders R Loyal Man in the $100,000 Criterium and Frolicing in the $100,000 J j'sdream. But Ritvo also warned not to discount the chances of He's a Lumberjack, who figures to be one of the longer prices on the board in the $400,000 In Reality Stakes.

"I know the In Reality has drawn a strong field, but I think He's a Lumberjack is sitting on a big race," said Ritvo. "He will run with blinkers for the first time and is coming into the race very sharp."

He's a Lumberjack finished a wide-running third behind In Reality foes First Movement and Lil Diazo in a first-level allowance in his last start.

* Who's Crying Now, the 119-pound highweight for Saturday's Grade 3 Spend a Buck Handicap, worked a half-mile in 49 seconds after the renovation break on Wednesday. Who's Crying Now is coming off a nose victory over Lawbook in the Ambehaving Stakes on Sept. 10.