10/21/2009 11:00PM

Signs point to Classic for Bullsbay

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Barbara D. Livingston
Bullsbay will be pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile and Classic.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Bullsbay is one workout from a trip to California for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 7, trainer Graham Motion said Thursday.

The prospect for a cross-country excursion seemed grim in early September.

Bullsbay finished third behind Rachel Alexandra in the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes at Saratoga on Sept. 6 and emerged from the race with a sore foot. Motion said Bullsbay was found to have a piece of metal lodged in the frog of the hoof.

"I have 80 horses here, and he managed to find it," Motion said. "Knock on wood, he's headed in the right direction."

Bullsbay breezed five furlongs in 1:04 on Monday, his first workout since the Woodward. Motion has one more work scheduled next Monday before Bullsbay ships to California. Once at Santa Anita, Bullsbay will have a workout over the Pro-Ride synthetic track, Motion said.

A winner of 7 of 19 starts and $885,943, Bullsbay won the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap at Saratoga on Aug. 8, his first win at that level. Bullsbay will be pre-entered in the Classic and the $1 million Dirt Mile.

"We're leaning toward the Classic," Motion said.

Motion has three other Breeders' Cup hopefuls: the 2-year-old fillies Smart Seattle and Zilva and Cherokee Artist, a candidate for the Dirt Mile. Smart Bid will be pointed for the $100,000 Damascus Stakes on the Nov. 7 undercard, he said.

Dynaforce to Filly and Mare Turf

Dynaforce, the winner of the Grade 1 Beverly D. Stakes at Arlington Park in August, has been confirmed as a starter in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf on Nov. 6, trainer Bill Mott said.

Dynaforce finished sixth of seven in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational on a soft turf course at Belmont Park on Oct. 3 as the 2-1 favorite. She lost a shoe in the race, and Mott said he waited to see how Dynaforce emerged from that race, and how she trained, before committing her to the BC Filly and Mare Turf.

"We breezed her, and that went well," Mott said.

A 6-year-old mare owned by John Chandler, Dynaforce has won 5 of 16 starts and $1,086,772. She was eighth in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, finishing four lengths behind Forever Together after experiencing trouble in the final furlong. Dynaforce was later promoted to seventh after third-place finisher Wait a While was disqualified for a medication positive.

Dave's Revenge already paying off

Dave's Revenge was claimed for $25,000 at Del Mar on Aug. 29 and is already looks like a bargain. She won a first-condition allowance race at Santa Anita on Oct. 8 in her first start for trainer and co-owner Jerry Hollendorfer and George Todaro

"We got it all back - $26,400," said Dan Ward, Hollendorfer's assistant at Santa Anita.

The claim could be more lucrative if Dave's Revenge can win a $42,000 allowance race over 1 1/16 miles Saturday. Dave's Revenge will be after the fourth win of her career. She beat maidens at 2 and won a $16,000 claimer at Del Mar on Aug. 5. She was taken that day by trainer Peter Miller, who lost her for $25,000 when she finished fourth Aug. 29.

Trained by Bob Hess Jr. for most of her career, Dave's Revenge was fourth in the 2008 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies over this track, finishing three lengths behind champion Stardom Bound.

Ward said she was worth a gamble for $25,000 in late summer.

"We liked her," he said, citing the 89 Beyer Speed Figure she earned in the Juvenile Fillies.

In Saturday's race, Dave's Revenge is part of a field of five that includes stablemate Pretty Katherine, who was fourth in the Palomares Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Fairplex Park on Sept. 25.

"I think one day Pretty Katherine is going to run a big race," Ward said. "She's looks good, and she moves good."

The field also includes Barbara's Love, Paula's Girl, and Moon de French. Barbara's Love has won 3 of her last 4 starts in the last 14 months. Second in the 2008 California Cup Matron, she has made one start this year, winning an optional claimer over 6 1/2 furlongs at Fairplex Park.

* Loup Breton, the winner of two group stakes in Europe, worked a half-mile in 49.40 seconds on turf at Santa Anita on Wednesday for new trainer Julio Canani. A 5-year-old, Loup Breton has yet to start for Canani. Wednesday's workout was Loup Breton's first since arriving in the United States. He was second in the Group 1 Prix Ganay in France earlier this year.

* Rick Reilly, the noted sportswriter, will call a race at Santa Anita on Saturday as part of a television feature that will appear on ESPN during the Breeders' Cup coverage Nov. 6-7.