10/13/2002 11:00PM

Riskaverse forces connections to do some thinking


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Before Riskaverse won the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland on Saturday, trainer Pat Kelly had planned to put the filly on a Sunday return flight to New York.

But Riskaverse ran so well in victory that Kelly changed his mind and will keep Riskaverse at Keeneland for an indefinite period.

"We're in a state of confusion," Kelly said with a laugh Monday from Belmont Park. "We're mulling our options."

One possibility is the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf. Pre-entries were due Tuesday.

Kelly said he and owner Peter Schiff were scheduled to discuss their plans for the filly sometime Monday.

"Even if we pre-enter, it won't mean a whole lot," he said. "Right now we're happy and grateful and enjoying Saturday. What we do depends on how the filly gets over all that. Tentatively, we're going to keep our eyes on the Mrs. Revere," a Grade 2 race restricted to 3-year-old fillies on Nov. 16 at Churchill Downs. "That's a possibility if we decide not to run in the Breeders' Cup."

Quiet Resolve's class prevails

Quiet Resolve, an earner of more than $2.3 million, took full advantage of a rare appearance outside of stakes company when he won a $61,000 allowance race here Friday.

Quiet Resolve, a 7-year-old gelding owned by Sam-Son Farm and trained by Mark Frostad, is a multiple stakes winner who finished second at 41-1 in the 2000 Breeders' Cup Turf at Churchill Downs. Friday, he posted his 10th victory from 31 career starts after stalking the pace in the 1 1/16-mile turf race.

Another stakes-quality horse who was scheduled to run in allowance company here last weekend was scratched. Habibti, the 3-year-old filly who won two Grade 1 races last year for trainer Bob Baffert, will be pointed instead to the Churchill Downs Distaff, a Grade 2 race on Nov. 9. She was scratched from the seventh race Sunday, an allowance won by odds-on favorite Copper Belle.

Only two stakes this week

Further evidence of the Keeneland fall meet being a front-loaded one comes into play this week, as only two stakes will be run: the $100,000 Valley View on Saturday and the $125,000 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes on Sunday.

The Valley View is for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on turf. The TCA is for fillies and mares at six furlongs. Both are Grade 3 events.

The meet began with 10 stakes on the opening three-day weekend (Oct. 4-6).

Dowager gets new corporate sponsor

Rood and Riddle, the nationally famous equine veterinary clinic located in Lexington, has signed on as a sponsor of the Dowager Stakes, effective next fall. The Dowager was run here Sunday.

Rood and Riddle's contributions will lift the purse from $100,000-added to $150,000 guaranteed, Keeneland officials said. The total purse Sunday was $112,200.

Dr. William Rood, one of the clinic's founders, said the reason for the new sponsorship is that "we have always believed it is important to be active in our community and in the Thoroughbred industry."

Ex-chairman basks in namesake's win

Mr Bassett, a 3-year-old colt by Mr Purple, won a maiden race here Sunday, delighting James E. "Ted" Bassett III, the retired chairman of the board at Keeneland. Bassett has been associated with Keeneland for 35 years.

Mr Bassett is owned by Alex Campbell Jr., who is a longtime close friend of Bassett's. The colt is trained by Alison Register. He won the third race Sunday by a length.

- The feature race Wednesday is a $56,000 allowance sprint for fillies and mares. A field of seven was entered, with Madame Red, Silent Stream, and Lotta Rhythm ranking among the top contenders.