11/15/2006 12:00AM

Round 3 on tap for Meribel, Precious Kitten


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Meribel and Precious Kitten, who have traded close decisions while developing into two of the top 3-year-old turf fillies in North America, are among a field of 11 entered for Saturday's Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Precious Kitten defeated Meribel by a neck in winning the Sept. 30 Martha Washington at Laurel Park, then Meribel turned the tables and beat Precious Kitten by a half-length in winning the Oct. 20 Valley View at Keeneland.

Other notables in Saturday's lineup include Brownie Points, winner of the DeBartolo and Remington Oaks in her last two starts, and J'ray, a three-time stakes winner on grass.

Also entered in the 1 1/16-mile turf race are Goldie Rose, Gasia, Bridge Game, Gottah Penny, May Night, Warrior Girl, and Quite a Bride.

The $150,000 Mrs. Revere is the next-to-last graded race in the division in North America this year. The last one is the Grade 3 Frances A. Genter, a 7 1/2-furlong race at Calder on Dec. 30.

Where are jockeys headed?

Members of the Churchill jockey colony will be dispersing far and wide after the meet ends Nov. 25. Here is what some of the leading riders have planned for the winter:

* Calvin Borel - Take time off before riding at the Oaklawn Park meet that starts Jan. 19.

* Shaun Bridgmohan - Return to Aqueduct in New York, where his wife is just weeks from having a baby.

* Julien Leparoux - Begin riding at Turfway Park on Nov. 26.

* Rafael Bejarano - Begin riding at Calder on Nov. 26, then on to Gulfstream Park, which starts Jan. 3.

* Mark Guidry - Take about a week off, then begin riding at Fair Grounds in early December.

* Corey Lanerie and Robby Albarado - Begin riding at Fair Grounds on Nov. 26.

* John McKee - Take time off, then Oaklawn.

Castro reaches 1,000

Jockey Eddie Castro notched the 1,000th victory of his career when he rode Jermidy to an upset score in the first race Wednesday. Jermidy, a 2-year-old Illinois-bred filly trained by Mike Lauer, returned $32.80 as the longest shot in a field of eight maidens.

Churchill made a special winner's circle presentation to acknowledge the milestone.

Castro, a native of Panama, will soon head to Florida, where he initially made his mark in the U.S. by winning the 2003 Eclipse Award for top apprentice.

Probables for Falls City and Clark

Fields are beginning to take shape for the two meet-ending features, the Grade 2 Falls City Handicap on Nov.o23 and the Grade 1 Clark Handicap on Nov. 24.

The $300,000 Falls City will be headed by Summerly, the 2005 Kentucky Oaks winner. Other fillies and mares likely for the 1 1/8-mile race include Cryptoquip, Ermine, Flying Glitter, Joint Effort, Marimba Rhythm, Promenade Girl, Sea Siren, and Soul Search.

The prospective lineup for the $500,000 Clark, which also goes at 1o1/8 miles, is A.P. Arrow, Bright One, Irene's Mon, It's No Joke, M B Sea, Magna Graduate, Super Frolic, and Wiggins. The list of possible starters is key to the complexion of the race, as that list includes such names as Awesome Twist, Premium Tap, Kid Grindstone, Wanderin Boy, and Wild Desert.

The meet ends with twin 2-year-old stakes, the Kentucky Jockey Club and Golden Rod, on Nov. 25. Both are Grade 2 races with purses of $200,000.

* Borel, the leading rider at the meet with 21 wins, took off all seven mounts Wednesday because of a chronically sore knee. His agent, Jerry Hissam, said he believed Borel would be able to ride Thursday.

* Alonso Quinonez notched the second win of his career when he rode Off on a Tangent ($30.80) to a narrow victory in the second race Wednesday.

* Because of steady rain here Wednesday, the two scheduled turf races were transferred to the main track.

* The Saturday schedule includes a giveaway of an embroidered stadium blanket to the first 7,500 patrons, and a handicapping seminar that begins at 11:30 a.m. Eastern.

* Roy "Skip" McMahan Jr., a longtime horse owner and an ardent racing fan for more than 50 years, died Tuesday in Louisville. He was 76.