10/07/2004 11:00PM

Pebbles better option for Lenatareese


ELMONT, N.Y. - Lenatareese was entered in the Indiana Breeders' Cup Oaks at Hoosier Park on Oct. 1, but her connections decided to scratch and run her in Monday's $100,000-added Pebbles on the turf at Belmont Park.

David Carroll, Lenatareese's trainer, said he believes Lenatareese is better on the turf, where she is undefeated in two starts, including the Audubon Oaks at Ellis Park on July 31. Lenatareese, a daughter of Broad Brush, has won two races from three starts on the dirt.

The Grade 3 Pebbles will be Lenatareese's first start in a graded race. Carroll had considered running the filly in the Grade 3 Valley View at Keeneland on Oct. 23. The trip would have been shorter from Carroll's Churchill Downs base, but the trainer ultimately decided the Pebbles could come up the easier spot.

"It feels the right thing to do," said Carroll, who trains Lenatareese for Brad Anderson. "If we finish one, two, or three, we would have accomplished our mission in getting her some graded type. We felt if we waited for Keeneland, we might have outsmarted ourselves a bit if it was too tough. We wanted to go where we belong and maybe this will come up easier."

Lenatareese hasn't run since coming from way off the pace to win the Audubon Oaks by a half-length after launching a seven-wide move at the quarter pole.

She was entered for the Pucker Up at Arlington on Sept. 18, "but she spiked a fever the eve of the race and we had to scratch," Carroll said.

Brice Blanc will ride Lenatareese in the 1 1/8-mile Pebbles.

Other probables are Fortunate Damsel, Leopard Hunt, Right This Way, Spotlight, and Venturi.

Pletcher has many options for Cowdin

Trainer Todd Pletcher has a couple of promising 2-year-old colts who are not necessarily on the Breeders' Cup trail but are prime candidates for the ungraded $75,000-added Cowdin Stakes at Belmont on Oct. 17.

Pletcher nominated seven horses to the 6 1/2-furlong Cowdin, but at most will be represented by two.

Had it not been for an elevated temperature, Flamenco, who is owned by Peachtree Stable, would have run in Saturday's Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland.

After winning his maiden by three lengths in the slop at Belmont in May, Flamenco ran back in the Victoria Stakes at Woodbine and won the race by 4 1/2 lengths. In his graded stakes debut, Flamenco finished a well-beaten second behind Afleet Alex in the Grade 2 Sanford at Saratoga. He followed the Sanford with a third in the Grade 1 Hopeful on Aug. 21. In the Hopeful, his margin of defeat to Afleet Alex was cut down to two lengths.

"I thought he ran two very solid races in Saratoga, and we were pointing to the Breeders' Futurity because we wanted to see how he would stretch out," Pletcher said. "He spiked a fever and missed a few days and we didn't feel we could make the Breeders' Futurity the right way. We'll look at stretching him out down the line."

Pletcher, who won the 2002 Cowdin with Boston Bull, might also run Remuneration in the Cowdin.

Remuneration, a son of High Yield owned by Dogwood Stable, finished second in his debut in the slop at Saratoga on Aug. 21. He won his next start by 2 1/2 lengths in a seven-furlong race on Sept. 4.

Of Pletcher's five nominees to the Astarita, a 6 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies on Oct. 17, he plans on only running Summer Raven.

Summer Raven is coming off a poor performance in the Grade 1 Matron, where she finished last in the six-horse field.

A daughter of Summer Squall, Summer Raven finished second to the top 2-year-old filly in the East, Sense of Style, in a maiden race at Saratoga on Aug. 1. Summer Raven won a maiden race by a nose in her next start.

The Matron was Summer Raven's first start at a mile.

"She seems better suited to sprinting," Pletcher said. "When she won, she was involved in a prolonged speed duel and ran well to hold on. We rated her a touch in the Matron, but I think we will let her run the first part of it next time."

Noisette captures first stakes

After five previous tries in stakes, Noisette became a stakes winner in Friday's $61,250 Gaviola with a length win over Lentil. It was another length back to the late-closing Vespers in third in the mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Noisette, with Cornelio Velasquez aboard, was the favorite in the eight-horse field. Noisette stalked Lentil through soft fractions and took over from the pacesetter in the final yards.

Noisette ($5.40) covered the distance in 1:35.50 over a firm course.

Bill Mott trains Noisette, a 4-year-old daughter of Broad Brush, for her breeder, Haras SM de Araras.