10/17/2003 12:00AM

A sleeker Race for Glory gears up for BC Juvenile

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ARCADIA, Calif. - Race for Glory was so blocky as a weanling that Bob Callahan, the manager at Craig and Rebecca Shields's farm in Santa Ynez, compared him to a Sherman tank.

It's safe to say Race for Glory is sleeker now, as he nears a start in the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Oct. 25.

Race for Glory is the lone California-bred among the pre-entries for the eight Breeders' Cup races.

Bred by the Shieldses, Race for Glory has already changed hands several times in his young life. By the Kentucky-based stallion Cape Town, Race for Glory sold at three Kentucky sales in a span of 18 months.

Race for Glory is now owned by Bob and Beverly Lewis and trained by D. Wayne Lukas.

The Shieldses sold Race for Glory as a weanling for $50,000 to Wark Bloodstock at the 2001 Keeneland November breeding stock sale. In July 2002, Race for Glory sold for $80,000 at the Fasig Tipton Kentucky sale to Mike Ryan, agent.

Last April, at the Keeneland sale of 2-year-olds in training, Race for Glory sold for $600,000 to the Lewises from the consignment of Niall Brennan, agent.

"The pinhooker made the money there," Callahan said.

Callahan never expected Race for Glory to become an expensive purchase at Keeneland.

"When Race for Glory was born, he looked like a Sherman tank," Callahan said. "His nickname was Sherman."

Race for Glory has won 2 of 3 starts. In his first start, he won a maiden race by six lengths in a five-furlong race at Arlington Park on July 13. A month later, he finished fourth behind Juvenile hopeful Cactus Ridge in the Ellis Juvenile at Ellis Park.

In his first start at Santa Anita, Race for Glory scored a seven-length win in the seven-furlong Cavonnier Stakes for statebreds on Oct. 1. A week later, the Lewises and Lukas chose the BC Juvenile over the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile on Nov. 8 as Race for Glory's next start.

The Shieldses still own Race for Glory's dam, Charming Gal, who resides on their 44-acre farm.

"This is the first time we've had one in the Breeders' Cup," Callahan said.

The Shieldses have succeeded with Race for Glory, but Charming Gal's second foal, a colt by Cee's Tizzy, had to be euthanized after suffering an injury in a paddock accident.

Charming Gal has a weanling filly by Bertrando and will be sent back to Kentucky to be bred to Cape Town next year.

The resulting foal can be registered as a California-bred if delivered in California and if Charming Gal is bred back to a California stallion.

Charming Gal won two races in 13 starts and ended her career racing for the Shieldses. She finished second in the 1998 Watch Wendy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in her lone stakes appearance.

At the end of her racing career, Charming Gal was sent to Kentucky and bred to Cape Town, who stood for a $10,000 fee in 2003 at Overbrook Farm. Cape Town won three stakes in a two-year career, including the 1998 Florida Derby, and finished fifth in the 1998 Kentucky Derby. Race for Glory is part of Cape Town's second crop.

The Shieldses sent their 14 mares to stallions in both California and Kentucky and will sell the resulting foals. They will have yearlings available at the Keeneland January mixed sale, Callahan said.

The upcoming consignment will not include a promising Dixie Union colt that may be kept for racing.

"We haven't taken one from the ground to the starting gate," he said. "We have a Dixie Union colt that may make them do it."

* You and I, the 1995 Met Mile winner, and Golden Gear, the sire of the Canadian champion Ginger Gold, will stand the 2004 breeding season at Blooming Hills Farm in Clements, Calif. You and I will stand for $6,500. His top runner is You, the millionaire and multiple stakes winner. Golden Gear, a Grade 2 winner, will stand for $3,000.