10/24/2004 11:00PM

Sense of Style perfectly prepped


When the decision was made to run Sense of Style in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies, trainer Patrick Biancone had three things he wanted to accomplish beforehand.

First, he wanted to run Sense of Style in a two-turn race. Second, Biancone wanted to get Sense of Style to Texas early in order to get acclimated. Third, she was to have a good workout over the track.

Aside from a tough-trip fifth-place finish in the Alcibiades, things have gone according to plan for Sense of Style, who completed preparations for the Juvenile Fillies on Sunday with a visually impressive five-furlong workout in 59.80 seconds at Lone Star Park.

Biancone said he was very pleased with the work, which was done in company with the allowance horse Ball Four. He was even more pleased with how Sense of Style came out of it. Sense of Style jogged Monday morning at Lone Star, according to Biancone.

Sense of Style figures to be the second choice in the Juvenile Fillies, post positions for which will be drawn Wednesday morning.

There could be as many as 14 fillies in the race, as the connections of Sis City are now thinking about running after earlier saying they would not. The Juvenile Fillies lost a major contender when Ready's Gal declared due to a hairline fracture of her right hind pastern suffered during a Sunday workout at Belmont Park. Enduring Will had been withdrawn on Saturday after getting sick.

Owners Michael Tabor and Derrick Smith said they wanted to run Sense of Style in the Breeders' Cup after she won the Grade 1 Matron in September. Biancone said he wanted to run her in the Alcibiades to get a two-turn race into her. In the 2002 Juvenile, Biancone sent out the favorite, Whywhywhy, who didn't negotiate the first turn well in his first try around two turns and finished 10th.

Sense of Style finished fifth in the Alcibiades, more because of traffic trouble she encountered than her failure to handle two turns.

"The only thing you're scared about first time going two turns is going into the first turn they're thinking it's the last turn," Biancone said. "They jump on the bit, which she did, and drag you there. Now she knows what is a two-turn race."

Biancone shipped Sense of Style to Lone Star on Oct. 18 and believes after three days she acclimated well.

"Now we need to be lucky, but I can't do nothing about that," Biancone said. "We need to be lucky at the draw, we need to be lucky with the trip, and third we need to be the best. We hope we are. We feel confident. We have a great filly, we have a great rider [Edgar Prado], and everything seems to be good at this stage."

Oak Leaf winner Sweet Catomine, who will likely be favored in the Juvenile Fillies, worked a strong five furlongs in 58.80 seconds Sunday at Santa Anita. She shipped Monday to Lone Star.

"We put a maiden in front of her to give her a target," trainer Julio Canani said. "She did it very nice."

Runway Model, who won the Alcibiades, worked five furlongs in 1:00.60 at Churchill Downs.

Sis City back in the mix?

The defections of Ready's Gal and Enduring Will have the connections of Sis City re-thinking their position on whether to run Sis City in the Juvenile Fillies. Sis City worked five furlongs in 1:03.38 on Monday at Aqueduct.

"It's up in the air," trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. said. "A couple of fillies have come out, that's a little bit a part of it. She's all set to go no matter what we decide."

The defection of Ready's Gal would enable John Velazquez to ride Sis City.