10/09/2003 11:00PM

Solis takes solace in BC mounts


ARCADIA, Calif. - The disappointment of Ruler's Court's withdrawal from the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita on Oct. 25 did not linger for jockey Alex Solis.

Thursday, owner Sheikh Mohammed pulled Ruler's Court from the Juvenile even though Ruler's Court would have been a top contender following a 14-length win of the Norfolk Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 5.

But Friday, Solis secured a mount on Minister Eric in the Juvenile, the runner-up in the seven-furlong Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 10. Minister Eric worked seven furlongs in 1:25.60 under Solis on Friday and is one of seven confirmed mounts for Solis on Breeders' Cup day.

In the Filly and Mare Turf, Solis will ride the multiple stakes winner Megahertz, a 4-year-old. Owner Michael Bello said on Friday that he intends to supplement Megahertz to the $1 million race.

Solis is also booked on Captain Squire (Sprint), Got Koko (Distaff), Irish Warrior (Mile), Johar (Turf), and Pleasantly Perfect (Classic).

Got Koko and Pleasantly Perfect have won important preps for the Breeders' Cup in recent weeks, but Solis is optimistic that Minister Eric can run well in a Juvenile that will be run without the major stakes winners Birdstone, Eurosilver, Ruler's Court, and Silver Wagon.

"He's a very good plan B," Solis said of Minister Eric.

In the Del Mar Futurity, Minister Eric made up two lengths in the final furlong to finish a half-length behind stablemate Siphonizer. Solis left Del Mar wondering if his mount may have been best, and is eager to see what Minister Eric can do over 1 1/16 miles.

"I felt like I should have won the race," he said. "He keeps improving in each race. I think the distance will help even more."

Megahertz inactive since July 26

Bello must pay $90,000 to supplement Megahertz - $30,000 by Tuesday's pre-entry deadline and another $60,000 to start. Bello said he has already made the $30,000 deposit to Breeders' Cup officials.

Trained by Bobby Frankel, Megahertz has not started since winning the Grade 1 John Mabee Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on turf at Del Mar on July 26.

Last April, Megahertz won the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap over 1 1/4 miles on turf at Santa Anita, the same course and distance as the Filly and Mare Turf.

"I'd love to go," Bello said of the Breeders' Cup. "She's run against a lot of these horses and she loves Santa Anita."

Megahertz has won eight of 21 starts and $1,127,326. Aside from the Santa Barbara, she has won three other stakes at Santa Anita, all minor stakes in early 2002.

Megahertz's presence would give trainer Bobby Frankel three runners in the Filly and Mare Turf. He trains top contenders Heat Haze and Tates Creek for Juddmonte Farms.

Freefourinternet set for Mile

Freefourinternet, the upset winner of the Kelso Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park on Oct. 4, remains on schedule for the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Mile, trainer Joan Scott said.

Scott said she conferred with owners Amy and Ron Peltz earlier this week before finalizing plans.

Freefourinternet will ship to Santa Anita from Kentucky on Oct. 21

and 22. Scott said Freefourinternet resumed exercise on the racetrack on Friday.

The Kelso is Freefourinternet's lone victory this year.

Adoration to run in Distaff

Aside from Minister Eric, three other California-based horses bound for the Breeders' Cup worked on Friday.

Adoration, a 4year-old trained by David Hofmans, went five furlongs in 1:00.40 and will start in the Distaff. Adoration finished fourth in the Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap on Sept. 28 but was promoted to third via disqualification. She has won three stakes.

"She could have been closer if she hadn't been interfered with," Hofmans said. "If the Breeders' Cup were somewhere else, we wouldn't go, but she loves this track."

The Tin Man, a candidate for the Turf, was officially given a workout time of 1:52.20 for 1 1/8 miles, but trainer Richard Mandella said the workout was over 1 1/4 miles. The Turf is over 1 1/2 miles.

"This is the best I've seen him look," Mandella said. "It was a strong finish."

The Tin Man was sixth in the Arlington Million on Aug. 16, his third consecutive loss. The Tin Man won the Grade 2 San Luis Obispo Handicap over 1 1/2 miles on turf at Santa Anita on Feb. 15.

At Hollywood Park, Elloluv, who was disqualified from second to fourth in the Lady's Secret, worked a half-mile in 47.40 seconds. She is being pointed for the Distaff.

Woolf award finalists selected

Jockeys Robby Albarado, Gary Baze, Julie Krone, Randall Meier, and Richard Migliore are finalists for the 2004 George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award, which will be presented in January.

Jockeys from across the nation choose the winner of the award honoring the memory of Woolf, a top jockey who was killed in a spill at Santa Anita in 1946. Gary Stevens, the winner of the Woolf award in 1996, portrayed Woolf in the movie "Seabiscuit" earlier this year.

Krone is the leading rider at the current Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting. She was off her mounts on Friday because of an illness.

Gentleman Player scratched

Gentleman Player, a 2-year-old first-time starter bet as low as 2-1 to win Thursday's six-furlong race, was withdrawn a few minutes before post after he was reported to be off in both fronts, track stewards said. Patrick Valenzuela was warming up Gentleman Player when he was withdrawn.

Two claims for $50,000 were submitted for the gelding, but they were voided when he failed to start.

O'Neill said Gentleman Player will reappear for $32,000 in two weeks.

"He's okay," O'Neill said. "Patrick said he felt like he tied up in his shoulders."