10/20/2004 12:00AM

Romans duo get familiar with surface

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Kitten's Joy and Roses in May stretched their legs over the main track at Lone Star Park on Wednesday, a day after they arrived from Kentucky for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 30.

Both horses galloped 1 1/2 miles for trainer Dale Romans, who is in town to oversee their training. Roses in May, who will start in the $4 million Breeders's Cup Classic, went before the renovation break, and Kitten's Joy, the probable favorite for the $2 million Turf, went after the break.

"Both seemed like nothing bothered them," said Romans.

Romans said Roses in May is scheduled to work five furlongs on dirt Saturday, and Kitten's Joy will go the same distance on turf, also Saturday.

The Romans horses were two of several Breeders' Cup entrants who either galloped or jogged Wednesday. Dynever, who is in town for the Classic, jogged three-quarters of a mile, then galloped the same distance, said Christophe Lorieul, an assistant to trainer Christophe Clement. Dynever is scheduled to work Sunday.

Wonder Again, who will start in the Filly and Mare Turf, got her first look at Lone Star on Wednesday, a day after her arrival from New York. She jogged five furlongs and galloped the same distance, said Emmanuel Davy, assistant to trainer Jimmy Toner.

"She took it real well," said Davy. "She was aggressive and fresh."

Wonder Again shipped into Lone Star in excellent condition, which pleased her connections. "We were worried about the trip, but she made liars out of us," said Davy.

Temperatures for training were pleasant and in the mid-60's on Wednesday morning. But forecasters were calling for an unseasonably high temperature of 89 degrees Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to cool off next week, with thundershowers possible over the weekend and on Monday. Last fall, Lone Star held a Quarter Horse meet, and on Oct. 30, 2003, the track was fast and the temperature 80 degrees.

Lone Star officials said the average high temperature in this area on Oct. 30 is 72 degrees and the low is 51.

Domestic Dispute arrives

Domestic Dispute was the lone Breeders' Cup starter to fly into Lone Star on Wednesday, aboard a flight from California. He arrived on the backstretch shortly before 1 p.m. and was accompanied by stablemate Needwood Blade, who will start in a stakes on the Breeders' Cup undercard, said his trainer, Paddy Gallagher. Domestic Dispute's first preference in the Breeders' Cup is the Mile.

Bare Necessities works for Distaff

Far from the Breeders' Cup scene, Distaff hopeful Bare Necessities worked six furlongs Wednesday morning at Hawthorne under jockey Chris Emigh. Emigh regularly rides for Bare Necessities's trainer, Frank Kirby, but has never ridden Bare Necessities in a race, and as of Wednesday, Kirby and owner George Middleton hadn't yet selected a rider for the Distaff.

Bare Necessities was timed in 1:14.20 for her breeze, the fastest of four Wednesday works at the distance.

"Emigh, in a word, he said it was awesome," Kirby said. "She was steady all the way. She looked good doing it."

Bare Necessities ships out Tuesday, first by van to Kentucky, then on to Texas by plane. Winless in her last seven starts, she will be among the longest prices in the Distaff, which will probably be her career finale.

Odds are against Europeans

European representation is so thin in the Breeders' Cup this year that the odds as posted by English bookmaking giant William Hill slightly favor the Euro contingent getting blanked in all eight races.

A bettor can get 11-10 that a European horse will win just one race on BC day. The William Hill website touts Ouija Board as the horse with the best chance, listing her as the 5-2 second choice in the BC Turf, her first preference, and the 2-1 favorite in the BC Filly and Mare Turf, her second preference.

The last time a European horse did not win a race on Breeders' Cup Day was 1998 at Churchill Downs.

- additional reporting by Marcus Hershand Marty McGeeGRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Kitten's Joy and Roses in May stretched their legs over the main track at Lone Star Park on Wednesday, a day after they arrived from Kentucky for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 30.

Both horses galloped 1 1/2 miles for trainer Dale Romans, who is in town to oversee their training. Roses in May, who will start in the $4 million Breeders's Cup Classic, went before the renovation break, and Kitten's Joy, the probable favorite for the $2 million Turf, went after the break.

"Both seemed like nothing bothered them," said Romans.

Romans said Roses in May is scheduled to work five furlongs on dirt Saturday, and Kitten's Joy will go the same distance on turf, also Saturday.

The Romans horses were two of several Breeders' Cup entrants who either galloped or jogged Wednesday. Dynever, who is in town for the Classic, jogged three-quarters of a mile, then galloped the same distance, said Christophe Lorieul, an assistant to trainer Christophe Clement. Dynever is scheduled to work Sunday.

Wonder Again, who will start in the Filly and Mare Turf, got her first look at Lone Star on Wednesday, a day after her arrival from New York. She jogged five furlongs and galloped the same distance, said Emmanuel Davy, assistant to trainer Jimmy Toner.

"She took it real well," said Davy. "She was aggressive and fresh."

Wonder Again shipped into Lone Star in excellent condition, which pleased her connections. "We were worried about the trip, but she made liars out of us," said Davy.

Temperatures for training were pleasant and in the mid-60's on Wednesday morning. But forecasters were calling for an unseasonably high temperature of 89 degrees Wednesday. Temperatures are expected to cool off next week, with thundershowers possible over the weekend and on Monday. Last fall, Lone Star held a Quarter Horse meet, and on Oct. 30, 2003, the track was fast and the temperature 80 degrees.

Lone Star officials said the average high temperature in this area on Oct. 30 is 72 degrees and the low is 51.

Domestic Dispute arrives

Domestic Dispute was the lone Breeders' Cup starter to fly into Lone Star on Wednesday, aboard a flight from California. He arrived on the backstretch shortly before 1 p.m. and was accompanied by stablemate Needwood Blade, who will start in a stakes on the Breeders' Cup undercard, said his trainer, Paddy Gallagher. Domestic Dispute's first preference in the Breeders' Cup is the Mile.

Bare Necessities works for Distaff

Far from the Breeders' Cup scene, Distaff hopeful Bare Necessities worked six furlongs Wednesday morning at Hawthorne under jockey Chris Emigh. Emigh regularly rides for Bare Necessities's trainer, Frank Kirby, but has never ridden Bare Necessities in a race, and as of Wednesday, Kirby and owner George Middleton hadn't yet selected a rider for the Distaff.

Bare Necessities was timed in 1:14.20 for her breeze, the fastest of four Wednesday works at the distance.

"Emigh, in a word, he said it was awesome," Kirby said. "She was steady all the way. She looked good doing it."

Bare Necessities ships out Tuesday, first by van to Kentucky, then on to Texas by plane. Winless in her last seven starts, she will be among the longest prices in the Distaff, which will probably be her career finale.

Odds are against Europeans

European representation is so thin in the Breeders' Cup this year that the odds as posted by English bookmaking giant William Hill slightly favor the Euro contingent getting blanked in all eight races.

A bettor can get 11-10 that a European horse will win just one race on BC day. The William Hill website touts Ouija Board as the horse with the best chance, listing her as the 5-2 second choice in the BC Turf, her first preference, and the 2-1 favorite in the BC Filly and Mare Turf, her second preference.

The last time a European horse did not win a race on Breeders' Cup Day was 1998 at Churchill Downs.

- additional reporting by Marcus Hershand Marty McGee