10/21/2010 4:06PM

R Boy Bill can earn himself a Breeders' Cup berth


R Boy Bill has never been beaten on turf and if he keeps his streak alive Saturday night in the $75,000 El Joven for 2-year-olds at Retama Park near San Antonio, he could see action in the Breeders’ Cup.

The El Joven and the $75,000 La Senorita for 2-year-old fillies, close out the Retama meet. Both races are run over a mile on turf, with the La Senorita drawing stakes winners Jazzy Jessy, Tiger Girl, and Little Widow Maker.

R Boy Bill invades from Calder for the El Joven, and will be seeking his third straight win on the grass. He won his maiden on turf in his second career start, at Saratoga on Aug. 8. R Boy Bill covered 5 1/2 furlongs in a quick 1:02.40. He has raced once more since, rolling to a two-length win in a first-level allowance at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 20. The decision was then made to send R Boy Bill to the El Joven, and he arrived in town Tuesday.

“I think he’s run some really powerful races and we’re looking forward to a stakes,” said Wesley Ward, who trains R Boy Bill for Averill Racing and Lou Donato. “If he runs really well, we’d look at the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf. It’s a quick turnaround, but if he wins and wins convincingly, we’ll really consider the race.”

The $1 million Juvenile Turf, which is also at a mile, is to be run at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6.

R Boy Bill will be making his first start beyond six furlongs in the El Joven. He will break from post 5.

“I really think he’s quick enough to jump out of the gate and secure a good position into the first turn,” said Ward.

From there, Ward is hopeful the horse will handle the added ground. R Boy Bill is by Peace Rules, a Grade  1 winner at two turns who also was a Grade 3 winner on turf. Jeff Sanchez has the mount on R Boy Bill, who was supplemented to the El Joven for $4,500.

The chief threat is Unbridled Sheriff, who was also supplemented to the race. In his last start, he was third by a head in the $78,000 Sunday Silence at Louisiana Downs on Sept.  25. Unbridled Sheriff dueled early in that mile and a sixteenth race, then hit the wire with three other horses and was just edged for the win. One start prior, he was a five-length maiden special weight winner at 7  1/2 furlongs on turf at Remington Park. Glen Murphy has the mount for trainer Brent Davidson.

Happy Ticket rematch in La Senorita

Jazzy Jessy and Tiger Girl, who finished one-two in the $69,000 Happy Ticket last month at Louisiana Downs, will be rematched in the La Senorita. But both will have to overcome wide posts to win the race, with Tiger Girl breaking from gate 9 and Jazzy Jessy from post 10. The fillies finished three-quarters of a length apart in the Happy Ticket, when Jazzy Jessy ran down Tiger Girl approaching the wire. Richard Eramia ships in to ride Jazzy Jessy, while Don Simington will team with Tiger Girl.

Little Widow Maker, who has been racing at Assiniboia Downs, is drawn well in post 4 and will be seeking her fourth stakes win. The La Senorita will be her first start on turf and her first race beyond six furlongs, and while her sire, Orientate, is noted for winning the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, he also was a winner on turf, and at two turns. He is getting 8 percent winners from his first-time turf starters. Rohan Singh will ride Little Widow Maker for trainer Charlie Smith.