10/18/2009 11:00PM

Quijano merits slight edge over Jukebox Jury


NEW YORK - Breeders' Cup clues should be in plentiful supply on Saturday at Woodbine, where the Ontario Jockey Club has positioned the Canadian International and the E.P. Taylor as perfect trials for the BC Turf and the BC Filly and Mare Turf.

Eight of the 15 runners in the two Grade 1's hail from foreign climes, although the Peter Schiergen-trained Quijano is no stranger to Woodbine. Third in the 2007 International, he prepped with an unlucky third, beaten a length, in the Northern Dancer four weeks ago when giving weight to the first two across the line, Marsh Side and Just as Well. Promoted to second on the disqualification of Marsh Side, Quijano may have a slight advantage over those two at equal weights this time, but win or lose, the German-bred son of Acatenango always manages to make things close.

The chief newcomer in the International is Jukebox Jury, who is even more of a life-and-deather than Quijano. Trained by Mark Johnston, Jukebox Jury has won his last two outings, the Group 2 Grand Prix de Deauville and the Group 1 Preis von Europa, both by razor-thin margins, nosing out Dubai Sheema Classic winner Eastern Anthem in the Europa. He is facing nothing tougher than that on Saturday, is expert at the 1 1/2-mile distance, and should give Quijano all he can handle, although the German horse's greater experience makes him the selection.

Buccellati's lone victory this year came in a farcical running of the Group 3 Ormonde Stakes going 1 5/8-mile, 89 yards at Chester on May 8. The riders of the three runners refused to go faster than a slow crawl through the first half-mile, producing a time nearly a full minute off the track standard. Buccellati has since chased better but looks in tough.

Allied Powers is an ex-handicapper whose lone try at 1 1/2 miles in stakes company was a so-so third in a modest listed race on heavy ground at Galway. As such, he cannot be recommended.

In theory, the lumbering Champs Elysees should be perfectly suited to Woodbine's long stretch, but he has failed in his last four tries locally. This is the last-chance saloon for the son of the great broodmare Hasili, since Champs Elysees will be retiring to Khalid Abdullah's Juddmonte Farms after the race.

There is little to choose from between Rainbow View and Look Here in the E.P. Taylor, but the preference is for Rainbow View, who may have a greater affinity for 1 1/4 miles. The undefeated European juvenile filly champion of 2008, Rainbow View has been competitive against the toughest fillies in Europe this year, but was 0 for 5 this season until she won the one-mile, Group 1 Matron Stakes last time out.

What points her out is her second to the accomplished Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf-bound Midday two back in the Group 1 Nassau Stakes over the E.P. Taylor distance. A half-sister to International contender Just as Well and to two-time Grade 3 turf winner Winter View, the George Strawbridge-owned Rainbow View, who picks up the invaluable services of Julien Leparoux, may be sitting on the best race of her post-championship season.

Last year's English Oaks winner Look Here was narrowly beaten in the Group 1 Coronation Cup, finishing a nose behind three-time Arc runner-up Youmzain. Last time she was second by a nose in the Group 3 Arc Trial to Doctor Fremantle, who goes in Newmarket's Champion Stakes a few hours before the E.P. Taylor. But since she is by Hernando out of a Rainbow Quest mare, 10 furlongs may be a bit on the short side for Look Here.

Lahaleeb moves up if the ground turns heavy, the type of going on which she just missed in the Irish 1000 Guineas, although her stamina is questionable on any type of ground. Eastern Aria has been competitive against lesser in France and England but looks overmatched here.