08/18/2006 12:00AM

Trainer figures Beautiful Venue can thrive on turf


OCEANPORT, N.J. - There were no takers when the diminutive Beautiful Venue went through the sale ring as a yearling.

On Sunday, the 2-year-old filly should attract considerable interest as one of the contenders in the $65,000 Junior Champion Stakes on the turf at Monmouth Park.

The one-mile race attracted a field of eight, with most, like Beautiful Venue, making their grass debuts.

Beautiful Venue, a homebred from the Miller Thoroughbred Farm of Versailles, Ky., won first time out at Keeneland in April despite dumping jockey Mark Guidry in the post parade. She was the first starter for freshman sire Came Home.

Her next two races came at Churchill Downs in Grade 3 races: the Kentucky Breeders' Cup against colts and the Debutante. She flashed early speed in both races before tiring.

Trainer Barbara Beagle next tried an allowance race at Mountaineer, where Beautiful Venue offered a mild rally to get fourth.

"She just could not get a hold of the tracks," Beagle said. "It was like spinning her wheels. I tried to place her on different tracks, and I breezed her on different surfaces. The reports kept coming back that she was trying to go, but she just couldn't get a hold of the track."

That wasn't an issue once Beautiful Venue hit the grass.

"I finally took her to breeze on the turf, and she just flew," said Beagle, who started looking for a grass race at a longer distance. The Junior Champion emerged as a logical spot.

Beagle currently has five horses in training, all for the Miller Farm, which breeds horses to sell. Beagle breaks and trains those, like Beautiful Venue, who don't find buyers.

"No one wanted her," Beagle said. "She was too small, so we took her back. Since then, she has blossomed. She'll like the distance, I think, and she'll love the turf."

Rajiv Maragh will ride as Beautiful Venue adds Lasix for the first time.

Audacious Chloe needs a cleaner trip for her grass debut. She most recently ran fifth in the Grade 3 Schuylerville at Saratoga after bobbling at the break and steadying.

Cigno d'Oro wakes up

Cigno D'Oro was training well but running poorly this season for trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. before an allowance win against open company.

"She trained well, but her races were kind of sleepy," Carvajal said.

Then came the wake-up call on July 16.

Cigno d'Oro, 7, bounced back with a rousing rally that carried her to a 4 1/4-length win as the prep for the $70,000 Girl Powder Handicap for New Jersey-bred fillies and mares on Sunday.

"She ran well last time, and I think she will be very tough," Carvajal said. "She's been doing even better than before the last race."