09/14/2005 11:00PM

Pletcher takes three shots

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
The Todd Pletcher-trained Bohemian Lady will be favored in the Turfway BC.

FLORENCE, Ky. - Trainer Todd Pletcher makes the bulk of his living back East, but he also picks up the occasional pocket change by invading Turfway Park at opportune moments.

Pletcher twice has won Turfway's spring showcase, the Lane's End Stakes, with Balto Star (2001) and Flower Alley (2005), and he recorded his lone victory in the Kentucky Cup series two years ago when Smok'n Frolic won the Grade 3 Turfway Breeders' Cup as the favorite.

Pletcher will stay put in New York when he is represented by three starters Saturday in the 12th Kentucky Cup series at Turfway. He has shipped in Shaniko for the Classic and Vicarage for the Sprint, but his best chance could come again in the Turfway BC when Bohemian Lady runs as the likely favorite in the $175,000 race.

Bohemian Lady, owned by Padua Stables, will break from post 3 under former Turfway standout Rafael Bejarano. In her last start, Bohemian Lady won an allowance route at Saratoga by six lengths, and a repeat would make it tough for her nine opponents to overtake her Saturday.

Maybe the most daunting challenges could come from Quick Temper (post 5) or My Ro (post 7). Quick Temper, to be ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, is a consistent filly with useful tactical speed, while My Ro has raced primarily in sprints and figures especially sharp returning from an 11-week layoff.

"She's coming into this extremely well," said Dale Romans, trainer of My Ro.

Bejarano, the 23-year-old Peruvian who smashed all Turfway riding records by winning 150 races at the 2004 winter-spring meet, has mounts in all five Kentucky Cup races, including all three of the Pletcher runners. He also rides Claremont in the Juvenile Fillies and Catcominatcha in the Juvenile.

Sprint: Lunarpal returns from long layoff

The $100,000 KC Sprint has been won by a remarkable number of exceptionally fast horses in its brief history, including Appealing Skier (1996), Reraise (1998), Caller One (2000), and Cajun Beat (2003). The chances of another outstanding 3-year-old taking that same path to stardom seem dubious, but that's not to say this six-furlong race won't be a good one.

Indeed, the seven starters in the Grade 3 Sprint appear to be very well matched. Lunarpal looks like one of the logical favorites despite making his first start in nearly 14 months. Storm Surge has fared respectably when facing some of the toughest horses in his class; he most recently finished fifth to the unbeaten Lost in the Fog at Saratoga. Estate Collection, recently purchased privately in Southern California by Doug O'Neill for Suarez Racing, enters with a record of 2 for 2. And although the Pletcher-trained Vicarage has been inconsistent throughout the year, he does throw in the occasional big effort, such as his two-back triumph in a restricted stakes at Belmont Park.

Juvenile: Stream Cat switches surfaces

Compiling an impressive resume by September is asking a lot of any 2-year-old, but if Stream Cat can back up his recent victory in the restricted With Anticipation at Saratoga by winning the $100,000 KC Juvenile, he will be off to an excellent start.

By winning the Sept. 3 With Anticipation on turf, Stream Cat "already has won going long," said the colt's trainer, Patrick Biancone. "If he can do it again Saturday, that would be three starts - and two wins at a mile and a sixteenth."

The field's only other stakes winner is Deputy G., who took the Bashford Manor in July.

With Gary Stevens guiding him from post 1, Stream Act looks like a deserving favorite in the Grade 3 Juvenile. Other contenders include Cab, a 5 3/4-length winner of a recent Saratoga maiden sprint, and Catcominatcha, who finished ahead of Deputy G. when second in the Ellis Juvenile four weeks ago.

The Juvenile lost a prime contender when trainer Bob Baffert declined to enter Preachinmandan.

Juvenile Fillies: Fast Deal gets Stevens

In the other race for 2-year-olds, the $100,000 KC Juvenile Fillies, Stevens has the mount on Fast Deal, who delivered a breakout effort in her third and latest start, a runaway maiden victory at Saratoga for trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

Fast Deal, who breaks from the rail, is the lone supplementary entry of the series, having been made eligible to the one-mile race with a $5,000 late payment this week.

Other players in the Juvenile Fillies include Joint Effort, Beau Dare, and Claremont.