11/26/2004 12:00AM

Total Impact has Admire Don to beat


Total Impact takes on the world as the lone American representative on Sunday's special Tokyo Racecourse card, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Japan Racing Association.

A 6-year-old Chilean-bred, Total Impact will face 15 rivals in the $2.46 million Japan Cup Dirt, a 1 5/16-mile Grade 1 event in which he will attempt to repeat the American success of Fleetstreet Dancer last year.

Total Impact, trained by Laura de Seroux, will be reunited with jockey Mike Smith on Sunday. Smith had missed the ride aboard the Total Impact because of Breeders' Cup commitments on Oct. 30 when Total Impact under Craig Perret was a nose second to Midway Road in Keeneland's Fayette Stakes.

"He probably would have won if Mike had been there," said assistant trainer Jeffrey Ford.

The winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup in July, Total Impact must deal with the horse who finished just a nose behind Fleetstreet Dancer last year: Admire Don. A 5-year-old Japanese-bred son of Timber Country, Admire Don won two of his last three starts in Grade 1 company going 1 1/4 miles on dirt. With Katsumi Ando aboard, he will break from post 10 with Total Impact beside them in 11.

Lohengrin, a multiple graded winner on turf in Japan who was second in the Prix du Moulin de Longchamp last year, could be dangerous in his second try on dirt. His first was a victory in a Tokyo allowance in February 2002. Others to beware are a Japanese Grade 2 winner, Time Paradox, and Top of World, who was a distant second to Personal Rush (who ran sixth in the Breeders' Cup Classic) in the Derby Grand Prix three back.

The Japanese contingent in the day's feature race, the $4.68 million Japan Cup at 1 1/2 miles on turf, is not as strong as it has been in recent years. The Japanese have taken five of the last six Japan Cups, with only Falbrav's victory over Sarafan in 2002 interrupting the streak of local winners El Condor Pasa, Special Week, T.M. Opera O, Jungle Pocket, and Tap Dance City.

With the Japanese Derby champ King Kamehameha retired, and Neo Universe sidelined, Japan's hope's rest largely with the prerace 3-2 favorite, Zenno Rob Roy, winner of the 1 1/4-mile Grade 1 Autumn Tenno Sho on Oct. 31. A 4-year-old son of Sunday Silence, Zenno Rob Roy will have Frenchman Olivier Peslier in the saddle and will break from an ideal spot, post 9.

Two of the European invaders have drawn unfortunately wide. Powerscourt, the Aidan O'Brien trainee defeated in both the Arlington Million and the Breeders' Cup Turf, will start from post 15 under Jamie Spencer, who must produce a perfect performance if Powerscourt is to break his six-race losing streak. Warrsan, trained in England by Clive Brittain and the winner of the last two Coronation Cups, starts widest of all in 16, from where rider Kieren Fallon will have his work cut out for him.

French invaders Policy Maker and Lune d'Or have drawn posts 1 and 2. Both will be dangerous. The Richard Gibson-trained filly Lune d'Or won a Group 1 and two Group 2's in her last four starts. The Elie Lellouche-trained Policy Maker is a two-time Group 2 winner this season.

The field

Japan Cup Turf

Purse $4,685,160; 1 1/2 miles, turf; Grade 1

1 Policy Maker S Pasquier 126 20-1
2 Lune d'Or T Jarnet 117 14-1
3 Heart's Cry Y Take 121 6-1
4 Narita Century Y Shibata 126 9-1
5 Phoenix Reach M Dwyer 126 50-1
6 Magnaten Y Okabe 126 33-1
7 Delta Blues K Ando 121 25-1
8 Er Nova S Fujita 121 33-1
9 Zenno Rob Roy O Peslier 126 3-2
10 Cosmo Bulk C-P Lemaire 121 20-1
11 Hishi Miracle K Tsunoda 126 33-1
12 Higher Game M Demuro 121 33-1
13 Tosen Dandy T Eda 126 50-1
14 Hookipa Wave N Yokoyama 121 12-1
15 Powerscourt J P Spencer 126 8-1
16 Warrsan K Fallon 126 7-1