10/15/2008 11:00PM

Seven of 16 are cross-entered


This year, for the first time, horsemen with a 2-year-old filly and designs on the Breeders' Cup have another race to consider besides the Juvenile Fillies - the new Juvenile Fillies Turf. And perhaps not surprisingly, some of the horses' connections took advantage of this new luxury of choice as seven of the 16 runners pre-entered in the Juvenile Fillies were cross-entered in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Four of those seven - Dave's Revenge, Emmy Darling, Renda, and Saucey Evening - had the Juvenile Fillies Turf designated as their first preference. So it is very likely that even though the Juvenile Fillies oversubscribed by two, all of those who wish to start in this race on Santa Anita's Pro-Ride main-track surface will get the opportunity.

The most prominent filly cross-entered in the two races is Dream Empress. She made the first two starts of her career on the turf, beating maidens at Saratoga in her second start. She then scored decisively in the Grade 1 Alcibiades on Keeneland's Polytrack, a big win that no doubt is the reason why the Juvenile Fillies is her first preference of races.

There was one European entered in the Juvenile Fillies, only it wasn't the sensational Rainbow View, who would have been no worse than third choice in the betting (and maybe even better than that), behind Oak Leaf and Del Mar Debutante winner Stardom Bound and Frizette winner Sky Diva.

Instead, it was Pursuit of Glory, a daughter of Fusaichi Pegasus who beat maidens two starts back on Polytrack in Ireland, and who most recently finished third in the Groupo1 Cheveley Park Stakes on the turf at Newmarket. She is owned by Michael Tabor and Mrs. John Magnier, and trained by David Wachman.