10/11/2007 12:00AM

Sharp on dirt, but how about Polytrack?

EmailLEXINGTON, Ky. - Les Grands Trois returned from a layoff with his best race yet, so it's understandable that trainer Bobby Frankel is eager to see if the lightly raced colt can continue to rise in the 3-year-old ranks. Seven rivals await Les Grands Trois in the $200,000 Perryville Stakes, the secondary feature on a 10-race Saturday card at Keeneland.

"If he can handle the Polytrack, it looks like this race might set up pretty nice for him," said Frankel. "Obviously that's a question with a lot of these horses, but I'm thinking he can."

Les Grands Trois, owned by the Live Oak Plantation, will break from post 4 in the Grade 3 Perryville, which is run at the Beard Course distance of seven furlongs and 184 feet. Kent Desormeaux will be aboard, just as he was when the Officer colt returned from a 5 1/2-month layoff in an impressive victory in a second-level Belmont Park allowance on Sept. 22.

Les Grands Trois began his career with two wins before finishing third in the Bay Shore in early April, after which he underwent throat surgery. He got a 101 Beyer Speed Figure in his comeback win, the highest that any of the Perryville starters has earned.

"He ran a really good race when he came back," said Frankel.

Les Grands Trois will be looking to pass quite a few horses, considering how speed-laden the Perryville appears to be. Shrewd Operator and Chihulykee, both in from Chicago, are entered on wire-to-wire win streaks, while Three Twenty Three and Steve's Double also have plenty of speed.

If the front-runners can't hold on, and if Les Grands Trois can't capitalize, then Front Court, Demarcation, or Morada Key would be there to pick up the pieces.

Teuflesberg's surgery successful

Trainer Jamie Sanders reported that Teuflesberg underwent successful surgery Thursday morning at the Rood and Riddle equine clinic to repair two fractured sesamoids behind the ankle in his left foreleg. The surgery was performed by Dr. Larry Bramlage, who said "the surgery went exceptionally well," said Sanders.

The surgery lasted about 2 1/2 hours.

"Dr. Bramlage said we won't be out of the woods for a couple weeks, and the horse will have to stay at the clinic for about six weeks," said Sanders.

Teuflesberg, an earner of more than $600,000, will not race again. Sanders, who is an ownership partner with three others, said they are trying to work out a deal for the colt to eventually stand at stud.

Teuflesberg suffered fractures in both sesamoids in his left front, and not one sesamoid in both front legs, as was indicated earlier this week in Daily Racing Form because of a misunderstanding of what Sanders initially reported.

Breakdown is third during meet

A third major breakdown at the Keeneland meet occurred Wednesday when Rain on the Plain, a maiden 2-year-old filly trained by Jinks Fires, shattered her sesamoids shortly after the start of the sixth race at six furlongs. The daughter of Sky Mesa had to be euthanized.

Two horses broke down while racing last Saturday - Teuflesberg in the Phoenix Stakes, and Gold Train in the Lane's End Breeders' Futurity. Gold Train also had to be put down.

This is the third meet for Polytrack here, and only one fatal breakdown occurred during racing action at the first two meets. Keeneland president Nick Nicholson was at a loss to explain why three breakdowns occurred during the first four of 17 days at this meet.

"Obviously we are very sorry it happened," said Nicholson. "I guess we've been kind of spoiled over the last year because we haven't had anything like this happen. At this stage, we're watching it; fortunately, we've had no problems of this kind during morning training. One good thing is we don't see a pattern. I just hope this is the end of it."

Canadian fillies run one-two in stakes

Trainer Reade Baker is a household name at Woodbine, but not at Keeneland. But the locals had to take note of his ability Thursday when Wind in My Wings upset the $150,000 Jessamine Stakes.

Wind in My Wings ($24.60), owned by Craig Singer, was always forwardly placed in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies, and after forging to the lead leaving the eighth pole, she and jockey Jamie Theriot were all-out to hold off another Canadian shipper, Lickety Lemon, to win by a neck. Jolie Visage, a 34-1 shot, was third in a field of nine.

Wind in My Wings won a Sept. 21 maiden race at Woodbine in her most recent start. She finished in 1:45.34 over a firm course.

Julien Leparoux, who was fourth aboard Love Buzz, lodged an objection against Lickety Lemon, the even-money favorite, for alleged stretch interference, but it was disallowed.

* Five Star Thief, with James Lopez riding, posted the highest win mutuel so far at this meet when striding clear to win the Wednesday feature, a $56,000 allowance, by 1 1/4 lengths. Five Star Thief, claimed for $50,000 earlier this year by owner Phil Davis and trainer D.H. Skaggs, returned $105.20.

* Thirteen 3-year-olds have been entered in the Sunday feature, the $150,000 Bryan Station Stakes at a mile on turf. Among the probable favorites are Distorted Reality, winner of the Lexington Stakes at Belmont in July, and Inca King, winner of the Jefferson Cup at Churchill Downs in June.