10/06/2008 11:00PM

Team Purim attempting to pop again


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Trainer Tom Proctor and jockey Jamie Theriot teamed to win the richest race of the 2007 Keeneland fall meet with Purim, who captured the Grade 1, $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile as a 20-1 outsider.

Proctor and Theriot will be looking for something similar when they get together Saturday at Keeneland with Closeout, a stretch-running filly who figures as one of the middle wagering choices in another Grade 1 turf event, the $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup.

Closeout, a Glen Hill Farm homebred, is one of 12 3-year-old fillies invited to run in the 1 1/8-mile QE II. Unlike most top horses that tend to show early speed at the outset of their careers, Closeout has displayed a terrific closing kick since her first race.

"We've worked on that ever since we broke her," said Proctor. "I could just tell that's the way she'd be effective. There are some things we do in her training that bring that out of her."

Closeout has won 4 of 7 starts, most recently rallying from 10th to win the Grade 3 Pucker Up Stakes at Arlington Park.

The complete list of QE II invitees is: Alwajeeha, Ariege, Backseat Rhythm, Closeout, Lickety Lemon, Magical Fantasy, My Baby Baby, My Princess Jess, Raw Silk, Rosa Grace, Sefroua, and Storm Mesa.

Conspicuous by her absence from the list is Pure Clan, the Churchill Downs-based filly who won the Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood Park in July. Trainer Bob Holthus said Tuesday that Pure Clan will run instead against older fillies and mares in the Oct. 24 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

This will be the 25th running of the QE II, the last of six Grade 1 races at the 17-day Keeneland fall meet. Entries were to be drawn Wednesday.

Perryville field is forming

Keeneland racing officials are looking for at least seven 3-year-olds, with probably a couple more, to run Saturday in the Grade 3 Perryville Stakes, the secondary feature on the QE II program.

Prospects for the $200,000 Perryville, which is run at the Beard Course distance of seven furlongs and 184 feet, include Freedom Bay, Godolphin Gray, Hatta Fort, I'm So Lucky, Nickel Shooter, West Express, and Wise Answer.

I'm So Lucky, trained by John T. Ward Jr., looks like a logical favorite. The Langfuhr colt followed three straight victories with a third-place finish behind Visionaire and Desert Key in the Grade 1 King's Bishop Stakes at Saratoga in his last start.

The Perryville has been won by some exceptional horses since its 1999 inception, most notably Commentator in 2004 and Midnight Lute in 2006.

BC not likely for Chamberlain Bridge

It's highly unlikely that Chamberlain Bridge, the 18-1 winner of the Woodford turf sprint here last weekend, will run back in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint, trainer Bret Calhoun said.

Carl Moore, the owner of Chamberlain Bridge, also co-owns Mr. Nightlinger, the favorite for the BC Turf Sprint.

"We'd only think about running Chamberlain Bridge if something happens with Mr. Nightlinger," Calhoun sai.

Calhoun said Euroears is nearing his comeback and worked six furlongs in 1:12.20, handily, Tuesday morning on the Polytrack. Euroears has not raced since undergoing surgery in March to repair a non-displaced condylar fracture in his right hind leg during a routine gallop at the Fair Grounds.

Euroears, a 4-year-old Langfuhr colt, is unbeaten in six starts, with four wins on dirt an two on turf, all in sprints. Before being sidelined, he won three straight stakes impressively at Fair Grounds, ending with a 3 1/4-length victory in the March 8 Duncan F. Kenner, for which he earned a 110 Beyer Speed Figure.

w Mambo in Seattle had his first workout since finishing fourth behind Curlin in the Sept. 27 Jockey Club Gold Cup, breezing a half-mile in 51.40 Tuesday. Mambo in Seattle, second by a nose to Colonel John in the Aug. 23 Travers Stakes, is tentatively being pointed to the Grade 3 Fayette Stakes on closing day, Oct. 25, trainer Neil Howard said.

w A field of 10 fillies and mares has been entered for the Friday feature, the $100,000 Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf. The field, from the rail out is: American County, Katerbug, Taletobetold, Game N' Laughin, Adhsilver, Initforthekandy, Sly Storm, Creative Design, Sea the Joy, and Natalicat.

* The Breeders' Cup Legends Tour - featuring Angel Cordero Jr., Pat Day, and Laffit Pincay Jr. - comes Keeneland on Thursday. Festivities include a question-and-answer session in the paddock walking ring at 12:05 p.m. and an autograph session adjacent to the paddock from 2-3.

w Players and hole sponsors are needed for a golf scramble to honor the memory of race-caller Luke Kruytbosch. Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the Kentucky Equine Humane Center. The tournament is set for Monday at Iroquois Golf Course in Louisville. For more information, call (502) 216-8605.

* Keeneland and the Kentucky Thoroughbred Association will host the biannual College Scholarship Day on Friday. Ten college scholarships, each worth $1,000, will be raffled off throughout the day. Student identification is required for registration.