09/01/2006 12:00AM

Schiaparelli can turn tables


Schiaparelli, winner of the German Derby, heads a field of eight in Sunday's Group 1, $925,000 Grosser Preis von Baden at Iffezheim Racecourse in Germany, a race that will not include Shirocco.

Last year's Breeders' Cup Turf winner, Shirocco will be sent by his trainer, Andre Fabre, to next Sunday's Prix Foy at Longchamp as a prep for his Oct. 1 date in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe.

In Shirocco's absence, Schiaparelli should take his revenge on Donaldson, who beat Schiaparelli in the Group 1 Deutschland-Preis by three-quarters of a length on June 25. Schiaparelli came back July 23 and won the German Derby by three-quarters of a length over Dickens, who returns in the von Baden. Also returning are Oriental Tiger and Saddex, the third- and fourth-place finishers in the German Derby.

Fracas, second in the Group 1 Rheinland-Pokal in his season debut Aug. 13, ships in from Ireland. Fracas should revel in the soft ground and stands the best chance of an upset.