09/15/2004 11:00PM

Similar races share five entrants


It's impossible to be in two places at once. But that hasn't prevented the trainers of five horses from cross-entering in Saturday's turf features at Pimlico and Delaware Park.

The Larry Murray-trained entry of Foufa's Warrior and Tam's Terms, plus Dr. Kashnikow, Lady of the Future, and Lusty Latin are all entered in both the $150,000 John D. Schapiro Breeders' Cup Memorial, a 1 1/8-mile stakes at Pimlico, and the $100,000 Sussex Handicap, which will be contested at 1 1/16 miles at Delaware.

To complicate matters, rain is in the forecast, which means it's quite possible both stakes will be moved to the main track.

The Pimlico-based Mr O'Brien is the best turf horse in either field. The presence of the 5-year-old Mr O'Brien, winner of the Grade 2 Dixie and second in the Grade 1 Manhattan, could be enough to convince several trainers who are on the fence to head to Delaware.

Trainer Robin Graham has indicated that Mr O'Brien, to be ridden by Ramon Dominguez, will run regardless of the surface.

Lady of the Future is among those who are likely to duck Mr O'Brien.

In a career in which she has won 10 races and nearly a half-million dollars, the 6-year-old Lady of the Future has never raced against males. Trainer Thomas Greene is considering taking a shot, even though Lady of the Future is coming off short rest following a dull performance in the Grade 3 Glens Falls Handicap at Saratoga on Sept. 5.

"The day before we left to go up there, she started coming into season," Greene said. "I probably should have scratched her, but I didn't. It was kind of a wash-out race. She didn't run a jump and she didn't take two swallows of water after the race."

Dr. Kashnikow, a winner of more than $600,000 on turf, was fourth in last year's Schapiro, but he's more likely to run in the Sussex if it remains on the grass. Mario Pino, named on Dr. Kashnikow at both tracks, has four mounts earlier on Saturday's card at Delaware.

On dirt, Private Lap would become a standout in the Sussex. Although no match for Ghostzapper last time out in the Iselin at Monmouth, Private Lap is 4 for 9 lifetime over wet surfaces, including a win in an overnight stakes at Delaware earlier this season.

If Pimlico's feature is moved to the main track, Lusty Latin becomes a strong factor. He's more likely to run in Maryland than Delaware. Lusty Latin, 0 for 4 on turf, won a second-level allowance race in the mud at Saratoga in late July.

Murray may wind up splitting up his horses. Tam's Terms, a six-length winner last time out in an overnight stakes at Delaware, is considered more likely to run at Pimlico if the race stays on the turf.

Foufa's Warrior, capable on either surface, appears to better fit the competition in the Sussex.

Royal Regalia, who would have been a contender in the Sussex, will instead remain in Canada to run in Sunday's Atto Mile at Woodbine.