08/07/2011 10:52AM

Turbulent Descent may go straight from Test to Breeders' Cup

Barbara D. Livingston
Turbulent Descent cruised in the Test on Saturday and may not run again until the Breeders' Cup in November.

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - Turbulent Descent, the dominating winner of the Grade 1 Test Stakes for 3-year-old fillies here at Saratoga on Saturday, may not start again until the Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint three months from now at Churchill Downs, trainer Mike Puype said Sunday.

“There’s nothing really for her in California, and I don’t see how I could travel again before the Breeders’ Cup and have her at her best for the Breeders’ Cup,” Puype said Sunday morning from Chicago, where he was changing planes en route to San Diego. “And fillies have a tendency to run well fresh.”

The BC Filly and Mare Sprint would mark the first start for Turbulent Descent against older fillies and mares. Should she win that race, Turbulent Descent would stake her claim to the Eclipse Award as champion female sprinter. The BC Filly and Mare Sprint is at seven furlongs, the same distance as the Test and Keeneland’s Grade 2 Beaumont Stakes, which Turbulent Descent won in April.

Turbulent Descent, based in California, has now won six times in eight starts, with two second-place finishes. She has raced five times this year, but has traveled once to Kentucky and twice to New York for her last three races.

Puype said Turbulent Descent “came out of the race excellent” and was scheduled to be flown back to California early Monday.

“She’ll be back in her stall at Del Mar by 2 in the afternoon,” he said.

Puype was making his first trip to Saratoga.

“It couldn’t have been any better,” he said.