09/09/2003 11:00PM

'Tornado' points to F&M Turf


Nebraska Tornado, the sharp winner of Sunday's Prix de Moulin de Longchamp going a mile, is unlikely to run in the Breeders' Cup Mile as previously announced and will instead be aimed at the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Teddy Grimthorpe, European racing manager for the filly's owner, Juddmonte Farms, said that the plan is to keep Nebraska Tornado separate from Oasis Dream, the Juddmonte sprint star who is earmarked for the Mile. Grimthorpe has not ruled out the Mile entirely for Nebraska Tornado, trained by Andre Fabre, but suggested that the Filly and Mare Turf is more likely for the filly, who has also won the 1 5/16-mile French Oaks. In the Filly and Mare Turf, Nebraska Tornado might face Juddmonte's Bobby Frankel-trained duo of Tates Creek and Heat Haze.

Grimthorpe also said that Oasis Dream, who finished second in Saturday's six-furlong Haydock Park Sprint Cup, might yet run in the five-furlong Prix de l'Abbaye de Longchamp on Oct. 5 prior to the Breeders' Cup Mile.