11/14/2005 12:00AM

This time it's Albarado by nose

Churchill Downs
My Typhoon, Robby Albarado up, defeats Isla Cozzene by a nose in Saturday's Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - What goes around apparently does come around. Four weeks before he won the only graded turf race for 3-year-old fillies at the Churchill Downs fall meet, the Grade 2 , veteran jockey Robby Albarado endured one of the most heart-breaking losses of his career in the same division: the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth Challenge Cup at Keeneland.

Albarado, riding Karen's Caper, lost the QEII by a nose to Sweet Talker, who was ridden by Rafael Bejarano. But in the Mrs. Revere here Saturday, it was Albarado and My Typhoon who out-nodded Bejarano and Isla Cozzene to prevail by a nose.

As the fall has unfolded, Bejarano and Albarado have become the two most dominant jockeys on the Kentucky circuit. They were one-two at the 17-day Keeneland fall meet, and they are holding onto those positions as the 21-day Churchill meet enters its final two weeks. With 12 programs in the books, Bejarano has won 17 races, followed by Albarado with 14 and Mark Guidry with 13.

Guidry also is enjoying a memorable fall, partly as the first-call rider for leading trainer Dale Romans, but also because of races such as the Commonwealth Turf here Sunday. Guidry, who skipped the Saturday card because of body soreness resulting from a spill in the last race Friday, gave a flawless performance in victory aboard Therecomesatiger in the Commonwealth.

Juvenile winners with bright futures

A pair of 2-year-olds posted two-turn victories here last week and might be a little late to make the closing-day finale, the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes, but their performances nonetheless bode well for the long term.

Carse, ridden by Guidry and trained by Romans, was a good-looking maiden winner Friday, and Little Cliff, ridden by Bejarano, notched his second straight victory by drawing clear in an entry-level allowance Sunday.

Romans said he would "think about" the KJC Stakes for Carse, a Wekiva Springs colt who was making his third career start. "We've liked him all along, and he's the kind who should get better with distance," said Romans.

The victory aboard Little Cliff was the last of four on the Sunday program for Bejarano. Little Cliff is owned by Robert LaPenta and trained by Nick Zito, who teamed to win the KJC two years ago with The Cliff's Edge. Both horses are by Gulch and are named partly in honor of former Daily Racing Form staffer Cliff Guilliams.

Sculptor to create bronze of Day

Churchill has commissioned sculptor Raymond Graf to create a life-sized bronze of the track's all-time leading rider, Pat Day. The sculpture is tentatively scheduled for completion next spring and will be placed next to the life-size bronze of another Churchill legend, Aristides, winner of the first Kentucky Derby in 1875.

Day was honored here Saturday with a full day of activities on "Pat's Day."

Perfect Drift tops Clark nominees

Nominations have been released for the "Big Four" stakes that close out the meet on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 24-26. The richest of those four, the $500,000 Clark Handicap on Nov. 25, got the names that Churchill was looking for: Perfect Drift, Suave, Sun King, A.P. Arrow, Alumni Hall, and Gotaghostofachance.

The other meet-ending features are the Falls City Handicap on Nov. 24, and the KJC and Golden Rod Stakes on closing day.

* Large fields are expected this weekend for the twin turf handicaps for older horses, the Cardinal on Saturday and the River City on Sunday. Both are Grade 3, $150,000 races at 1 1/8 miles.