06/22/2006 11:00PM

Take D' Tour edges closer to a BC run

Adam Coglianese/NYRA
Take D' Tour, the Phipps winner, may be headed to the Go for Wand next.

MIAMI - Take D' Tour, who has made a meteoric rise up the ranks of the filly and mare handicap division over the past month following one-sided wins in the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps and Grade 2 Shuvee handicaps, is resting comfortably on the farm in Ocala, Fla., this weekend. In the meantime, her connections ponder future options that may include supplementing the mare to the Breeders' Cup.

Take D' Tour won the Shuvee and Phipps by 5 1/2 lengths each, leading throughout under confident handling by regular rider Cornelio Velasquez on each occasion. In the 1 1/16-mile Phipps, her first win at a distance beyond a mile, Take D' Tour posted a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 105 despite breaking a step slowly.

Instead of bringing Take D' Tour back to Calder, trainer David Fawkes had the van take a detour to Ocala, where the 5-year-old mare will relax briefly before returning to her home base.

"She came out of the race great, but I decided to give her a little rest on Chad Stewart's farm for a couple of weeks," Fawkes said.

The two key decisions Fawkes and owner Alice Muller will have to make in the coming weeks and months are where to run next, and whether to put up the money to make Take D' Tour eligible for the Breeders' Cup.

"Right now it looks like we're going to try her two turns first before making the Breeders' Cup call," said Fawkes, "and at the moment the Go for Wand is the tentative plan."

The 1 1/8-mile Go for Wand, a Grade 1 stakes, will be run at Saratoga on July 28.

Muller has two options when it comes to supplementing Take D' Tour for the Breeders' Cup. She can put up a one-time payment of $150,000, which makes Take D' Tour eligible for all Breeders' Cup events but does not cover entry fees. Or she can wait and supplement Take D' Tour, a daughter of Tour d'Or, right into the BC Distaff at a cost of $180,000, which is credited to her entry fees for all future Breeders' Cup races.

Fawkes said he was also cornered by Calder officials upon his return from New York last weekend in hopes he might turn Take D' Tour back to six furlongs for the Grade 1, $500,000 Princess Rooney on the Summit of Speed program here July 15.

"I got a Summit of Speed hat and a pin, but they didn't get a nomination," Fawkes said. "Honestly, it would be great to run her here in a Grade 1 race for that type of money, but it's not the right idea. If she got outsprinted after what she's done recently, I'd look like an idiot."

Twilight Road might be done racing

Fawkes also reported that his older handicap star Twilight Road has been shipped back to the farm, and that his career could be over. Twilight Road, a 9-year-old gelded son of Cahill Road, has not hit the board in four starts since winning the Grade 3 Memorial Day Handicap here in 2005. Overall he has won 12 of 55 starts for earnings of nearly $800,000.

"I sent him home to his owners, the Donamire Farm," said Fawkes. "Age is starting to catch up with him now. He's been really good for these people, and in return they take good care of the horse. They love him. He's basically a family pet, and they don't want to devalue him even though he is a gelding."

Rematch for pair who dead-heated

El Bank Robber and Silversider, who dead-heated for win in the Georgia Oaks Stakes on May 7, will meet again in a full field of 3-year-old fillies in Sunday's $45,000 Lulu's Ransom Stakes. The Lulu's Ransom is carded at a mile on the turf.

El Bank Robber got the best of the post-position draw for her rematch, as she'll break from the rail. Silversider must begin her journey from post 12. Other key contenders include Mia's Reflection, Saffronista, Causeway to Heaven, and Prospect of Love.