10/27/2006 11:00PM

Rain disrupts plans of many


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Rainy weather wreaked havoc with some horsemen's training plans in and around the Louisville area Saturday morning, but Breeders' Cup contenders did work at three different training sites in Kentucky. Because of the track conditions at Churchill Downs, some horsemen postponed scheduled workouts until Sunday.

At Churchill, where the track was upgraded from muddy to good following the renovation break, several trainers decided to wait another day to work their Breeders' Cup runners, including Nick Zito, who had breezes scheduled for both Sun King (Classic) and C P West (Juvenile) after the break. Trainer Dallas Stewart vanned Lemons Forever to Keeneland on Friday, where she breezed over Polytrack on Saturday for the Filly and Mare Turf.

Churchill Downs

Happy Ticket (Filly and Mare Turf; five furlongs in 1:03.74): The track was "good" when Happy Ticket broke off at the five-furlong pole shortly after 8:30 a.m. under Fabio Arguello Jr. She kept a steady but relatively slow pace throughout her work. Arguello never asked Happy Ticket for much speed, allowing her to go along in fractions of 13.40 seconds, 26.06, 38.78, and 50.99 while keeping her under a fairly tight rein throughout. Would have preferred to have seen a bit more energy as well as a little stronger finish considering the fact that she's coming off a subpar race in the Spinster. She galloped out six furlongs in 1:17.88.

U D Ghetto (Juvenile; five furlongs in 1:01): Hit the track several minutes after Happy Ticket and went considerably faster than the older mare while under only slightly more encouragement. With jockey Corey Lanerie up and equipped with rings, U D Ghetto was in hand early while going along at a fairly brisk clip. He did get a couple of taps from the stick at the top of the stretch and again near the sixteenth pole to help him maintain the pace to the wire. He appeared to be looking around just a bit through the stretch, which might be expected from a lightly raced 2-year-old. Galloped out six panels in 1:15.20. Gives the impression he's coming up to the Juvenile in top form.

Churchill Downs Trackside

Perfect Drift (Classic; five furlongs in 1:02.40): The course was muddy at Trackside Training Center for old pro Perfect Drift, who got just an easy maintenance move with Joe Deegan aboard. He was under a long hold while splashing along at what appeared to be a fairly even pace in preparation for his fifth consecutive start in the Classic.


Commentator (Sprint; four furlongs in 47): It was hard to get a good look at Commentator as the fleet gelding worked in the dark under new jockey Julien Leparoux over a fast Polytrack surface. Commentator cruised along at his usual brisk clip while never asked for speed at any point and continued at a good pace around the clubhouse turn to gallop out five furlongs in 59.60 seconds, according to track clockers. A very fast horse who figures to be a potentially dangerous outsider if he gets things his own way in the Sprint.

Mauralakana (Filly and Mare Turf; six furlongs in 1:11.60): A well-orchestrated work for the turf specialist, who broke off several lengths behind a workmate with Leparaoux aboard. Went along at a quick pace right off the bat while chasing her target, then eased up a bit after catching and being placed in behind the leader midway around the turn. She rated kindly for about a quarter-mile just off her workmate's heels before wheeling out and accelerating quickly when asked by Leparaoux inside the eighth pole. Finished up strongly without much urging in an impressive drill.

Lemons Forever (Distaff; five furlongs in 59.80): With exercise rider Lee Guidry in the saddle, she came away running right from the outset and cruised along at a fast pace before tiring noticeably in the final furlong, which is somewhat surprising considering her style of laying back early and finishing strongly in her races.

Badge of Silver (Mile; six furlongs in 1:12.40): Worked in rings under exercise rider Frederick Buscair. Rated along nicely and switched leads right on cue while not asked for any speed other than to have the reins shaken a couple of time near the eighth pole. An easy final move for a horse who comes into the Breeders' Cup off a 10-month vacation.