10/27/2010 4:41PM

Red-hot Nina Fever needs a break to get into race


If she gets into the race, the speedy Nina Fever will bring a four-race win streak into the Grade 2 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf. Nina Fever, trained by Wesley Ward, has started seven times. She won her debut in a romp at Keeneland in April, before finishing fifth in two consecutive graded dirt stakes, and then crushed a field of $40,000 claimers at Monmouth.

Nina Fever is last of the 18 pre-entered on the preference list for the race, but with two listing the Juvenile Fillies Turf as a second preference she has a shot to get into the 14-horse field.

Nina Fever led throughout her only turf race, a six-furlong optional claimer at Kentucky Downs Sept. 13. She has since won two rapidly run Polytrack sprints at Keeneland.

Nina Fever is a daughter of the multiple Grade 1 winner Borrego.

"She's certainly bred to go that far," said Ward. "I'll be in front, I'll tell you that."

The likely favorite is the undefeated Winter Memories, who was an impressive come-from-behind winner of the Grade 3 Miss Grillo Stakes at Belmont Oct. 8. She is a daughter of the Grade 1 turf stakes winner Memories of Silver.

New Normal and Kathmanblu won the other two North American Win and You're In stakes for the Juvenile Fillies Turf. New Normal took the Grade 3 Natalma at Woodbine, and Kathmanblu captured the Jessamine at Keeneland.

The race is the first preference for three European fillies: Together, Tale Untold, and Quiet Oasis. The Aidan O'Brien-trained Together narrowly lost a Group 1 fixture at Ascot on Sept. 25 and should be strongly backed.