07/27/2006 11:00PM

Take D' Tour gets tested for distance

Take D'Tour with David Falk up on Friday at Saratoga Race Course.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - In addition to having to negotiate two turns and 1 1/8 miles - neither of which she has done successfully to this point - Take D' Tour will have another factor working against her when she runs in Sunday's Grade 1 Go for Wand Handicap at Saratoga.

The respect of Todd Pletcher.

Pletcher entered three fillies against Take D' Tour in the $250,000 Go for Wand, including Oonagh Maccool, who is a head away from being undefeated on dirt. Pletcher also entered Spun Sugar and Pool Land, but most likely will run just one of those. Regardless of how many go, Pletcher says Take D' Tour won't get things her own way on the front end like she did winning the

Grade 2 Shuvee at a mile and the Grade 1 Ogden Phipps at 1 1/16 miles at Belmont in the spring

"The one thing that's going to change in this particular race is she's going to merit more respect than she did in the previous one," Pletcher said Friday. "The Shuvee she won, then everyone kind of let her go in the Ogden Phipps thinking the mile and a sixteenth or the last race kind of fell apart. I don't think that's going to be the case this time. She's not going to be able to walk the dog this time."

For his part, trainer David Fawkes believes Take D' Tour will be up to the task. Fawkes is eager to run Take D' Tour around two turns and find out if he can press on down the road to the Breeders' Cup Distaff later in the year. The Breeders' Cup Distaff, like the Go for Wand, is a two-turn 1 1/8-mile race.

"It gives us the opportunity to see how she handles two turns in a situation where there's not an excuse; shipping south, sloppy track," Fawkes said.

Fawkes said the key to Take

D' Tour's success around two turns depends on "whether she gets settled enough in the first turn where she's comfortable, that's all. She just gets into that loping stride and keeps it at that same speed all the way around there."

Cornelio Velasquez will have to use Take D' Tour, the co-highweight at 120 pounds, from her outside post.

Where Oonagh Maccool is placed early in the race depends on how she breaks. In winning the Rampart at Gulfstream and the Louisville Breeders' Cup at Churchill, Oonagh Maccool overcame slow starts to get a stalking trip and won both going away. In the Fleur de Lis, Oonagh Maccool broke sharply and made the pace before Happy Ticket hooked her and outfinished her in the final furlong.

"I think she's a little better when she's just off the pace," Pletcher said. "She kind of found herself on the lead in her last race and I don't think the track was very speed favoring, and the inside wasn't the place to be, and she just got beat by a whisker."

John Velazquez replaces Rafael Bejarano on Oonagh Maccool, who will break from post 5.

Spun Sugar beat Happy Ticket by a neck in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom in April. In the Phipps, she broke badly and got stuck inside when finishing a well-beaten fourth. She drew the rail Saturday and will likely be forwardly placed under Mike Luzzi.

"I do think Spun Sugar is better around two turns than one," Pletcher said.

Pool Land has won five of six starts, including the Breeders' Cup Distaff Handicap at Pimlico on May 19. It is possible she scratches to run in the Lady's Secret next week or the Molly Pitcher on Aug. 27.

Nothing But Fun ran a good second to Take D' Tour in the Phipps and has continued to train well for Mike Hushion, who is expecting a big effort from this daughter of Dixie Union.

Summerly, last year's Kentucky Oaks winner, has not run in 53 weeks, but is training sensationally for her return. Balletto, second in the Shuvee and third in the Phipps, makes her first start around two turns since finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies in 2004. Classy Charm is coming off two minor stakes wins at Belmont.