09/10/2007 11:00PM

Take D' Tour's future unclear

EmailMIAMI - Take D' Tour has returned to her Calder base following Saturday's disappointing fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Ruffian at Belmont Park.

"This is a tough game to figure," trainer David Fawkes said. "She couldn't have been training any better going into the race. Her last work was perfect, and then she goes out and doesn't beat a horse on Saturday. She wasn't training nearly as well before we took her up there the last time when she beat Ginger Punch to win a Grade 1," in the Ogden Phipps.

Fawkes and owner Alice Muller will now have to sit down and decide what's next for Take D' Tour, with the main decision being whether to compete in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Take D' Tour would have to be supplemented at a cost of $180,000 to compete in the Distaff.

"If she ran better in the Ruffian or we didn't have to put up all that money to make her eligible for the Breeders' Cup, the decision would be a no-brainer," Fawkes said. "As it is, we'll have to go over our options in the next few weeks and make a decision as to what direction we'll take with the mare. At the moment, the Breeders' Cup still remains a possibility."

Take D' Tour is scheduled to be retired to the breeding shed next season. Among her options prior to retirement, aside from the Breeders' Cup, would be to stay home for both the Elmer Heubeck and Grade 3 Stage Door Betty handicaps at Calder - two races Take D' Tour won easily in 2006.

"There's also the Sunshine Millions Distaff in January," Fawkes said. "The Sunshine Millions is a $500,000 purse, and it's here at Gulfstream Park this winter. She could still make that race before the breeding season begins."

Take D' Tour finished second behind Joint Effort in the 2007 Sunshine Millions Distaff at Santa Anita.

A Sea Trippi drills for U Can Do It

A Sea Trippi worked a half-mile in 50 seconds Monday in preparation for Saturday's $100,000 U Can Do It Handicap. A Sea Trippi, a 4-year-old daughter of Trippi, is the defending U Can Do It champion, having rallied to a 2 1/4-length victory over a sloppy track in the 2006 edition of the six-furlong filly and mare dash.

"She's doing good," trainer Ron Spatz said. "She's won her last two starts, and I couldn't be happier with the way she ran in both races. I really didn't think she could carry 123 pounds from an inside post and win the way she did last time."

Spatz was referring to A Sea Trippi's three-length victory over Annabill and Songofthesouth in the seven-furlong Barbs Dancer Stakes on Aug. 4. A Sea Trippi will carry 121 pounds, two less than starting highweight Stolen Prayer, in a U Can Do It field that also includes Annabill, Songofthesouth, Secretsoftheheart, Leona's Knight, and Rgirldoesn'tbluff.

"Historically, she hasn't been able to handle Stolen Prayer," Sptaz said. "But 6 1/2 furlongs may be her best distance, and she's certainly no maiden when it comes to the U Can Do It."

Ziadie pair record works

Rgirldoesn'tbluff has failed to reproduce the same form this year as she displayed here a year ago, when she ran off a four-race win streak that included a pair of stakes victories. The daughter of Pine Bluff was trained by Kirk Ziadie at 3 and has recently returned to his barn after residing under trainer Wesley Ward's shed earlier this season.

Rgirldoesn'tbluff worked five furlongs in 1:02 on Tuesday, completing her last three furlongs in 35 seconds and change.

Ziadie also sent out Blazing Rate to work five furlongs in 1:02.40 on Tuesday in preparation for his return in Friday's $40,000 allowance feature.

Blazing Rate, a division leader here at 2 and graded-stakes-placed as a 3-year-old in 2006, has finished far back in both the Sunshine Millions Classic and a third-level optional claiming race in his only two starts this year. Previously trained by Richard Root and Bill Cesare, Blazing Rate was sent to Ziadie earlier this summer following another layoff. Tuesday's work was just his second officially recorded drill since his last start on March 2.

Blazing Rate will face five rivals in Friday's headliner, including the speedy 3-year-old Dream of Angels, the multiple stakes winner Yes He's the Man, and the veteran stakes performer Whos Crying Now.