10/19/2008 11:00PM

Talent from both sides of track


ARCADIA, Calif. - During his Hall of Fame career, Shug McGaughey has trained nine Breeders' Cup winners, a total second only to Wayne Lukas's 18 winning starters. During his six-year training career, Juan Arias has never won a graded stakes of any sort. Both men, however, appear to have a decent chance of taking down the inaugural edition of the $1 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf on Friday.

McGaughey pre-entered Consequence in the one-mile grass race; Arias's horse is Renda. Renda has raced more and accomplished more, but Consequence is a blue-blooded Phipps Stable homebred whose best races almost certainly are in front of her.

In fact, Consequence is out of the dirt mare Educated Risk, whose offspring have not accomplished much on turf. But because Consequence is by El Prado, and because Consequence "labors on the dirt a little bit" when she works, McGaughey breezed her on the Saratoga grass course where she made her career debut.

"I worked her on grass there one day, and I thought she liked it," McGaughey said Sunday afternoon. "She didn't work that fast, but I liked the way she did it. And I'm not surprised she had a really good work today on the Pro-Ride."

Consequence's half-mile breeze here Sunday was timed in 46 seconds, the fastest of 42 works at the distance. A compact filly, Consequence finished her breeze with flair, and McGaughey expects her to be further along in terms of race-readiness this week than Consequence was when she finished a close fourth as the 6-5 favorite in the Oct. 1 Miss Grillo at Belmont. The Juvenile Fillies Turf will be Consequence's first two-turn start; she won her debut in a Saratoga turf sprint, and the 1 1/16-mile Miss Grillo is contested around one turn.

Renda is by first-crop sire Medaglia d'Oro and cost owner Richard Rowan only $11,000 as a yearling, but she, too, can run. Renda won her career debut in a five-furlong dirt race May 31 at Calder, but Arias, a former jockey who began training in 2003, said he always thought of the filly as a two-turn horse.

"She was dying for distance," said Arias, who confirmed Renda would be entered Tuesday in the Juvenile Fillies Turf rather than the Juvenile Fillies. "Sprinting, she won, but that wasn't her game."

Renda has won 3 of 5 races and has excuses for her losses in stakes at Churchill and Saratoga. She has never raced on turf, but Arias said he worked Renda on grass leading into a seven-length off-the-turf Monmouth stakes win in August and before she won the Brave Raj by more than five lengths on Sept. 27 at Calder.

Arias, a native of Panama, rode races from 1981 through 1990. Based at Calder with a 25-horse string, he has won three stakes races as a trainer while going 0 for 3 in graded stakes. But the Juvenile Fillies Turf is a new race on the BC menu, and just maybe the new race will be won by new blood, not blue blood.

* It looked like Saucey Evening was going to make it into the oversubscribed Juvenile Fillies Turf field when entries were taken Tuesday, and the Graham Motion-trained filly had a solid turf breeze here late Monday morning, going three furlongs around the dogs in 36.40 seconds.