11/13/2001 12:00AM

For turf fillies, a race not to be missed


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - For a trainer looking to earn graded type with a 3-year-old turf filly, there is just one logical spot to run in November: The Grade 2 Mrs. Revere Stakes Saturday at Churchill Downs.

"It is the last opportunity to run against straight 3-year-old fillies," said John Ward Jr., who will saddle Snow Dance for the Mrs. Revere Stakes.

Because of its conditions, the $150,000 Mrs. Revere has become quite an enticement for trainers. The 1 1/16-mile turf race typically draws a large field, and true to form, at least nine fillies are expected for the 11th running.

Snow Dance, a front-running gray filly, had a four-race win streak snapped when she finished third in her last start, the 1 1/8-mile Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup Oct. 13 at Keeneland. She is the probable favorite for the Mrs. Revere.

"She's doing excellent," said Ward. "I like the fact she's shortening back, and the turf course at Churchill has tended to favor speed this meet."

Other probables include Casual Feat, Chausson Poire, Cozzy Corner, Giving Noreen, Katy Kat, Quick Tip, Ransom's Pride, and Stylish.

The Mrs. Revere is the lone stakes here this weekend.

Turfway lawsuit settled

An out-of-court settlement has been reached in a civil suit stemming from the Turfway Breeders' Cup in September 2000.

James Hines Jr., owner of runner-up Ruby Surprise, last November sued the Turfway stewards and Pat Day, rider of victorious Spain. He claimed Ruby Surprise had been struck by Day's whip during the race and that Spain should have been disqualified.

After nearly a year of proceedings, Hines agreed Nov. 1 to cover court costs and attorneys' fees for Day and the three stewards, according to a Tuesday article in The Cincinnati Enquirer. According to the report, Hines conceded that "it cannot be determined conclusively" that Day struck Ruby Surprise with his whip.

Falls City fillies arriving

Spain and Printemps, two of the top contenders for the Nov. 22 Falls City Handicap, were scheduled to arrive here Tuesday following a flight from California.

The Falls City is coming up exceptionally tough, especially if Unbridled Elaine runs. Trainer Dallas Stewart said he will continue to monitor how Unbridled Elaine, winner of the Breeders' Cup Distaff, is training before he makes a final decision.

Spain finished a close second to Unbridled Elaine in the Distaff. Printemps, trained by Ron McAnally, finished third in her last start, the Oct. 7 Spinster Stakes at Keeneland.

Other Falls City probables include Miss Linda, De Bertie, and possibly Tranquility Lake.

Golden Rod favorites work

Belterra and Take Charge Lady, the probable two favorites for the Nov. 24 Golden Rod Stakes, worked within seconds of each other Tuesday morning.

Belterra, unbeaten in two starts for trainer Carl Nafzger, breezed four furlongs in 48.20 seconds. Take Charge Lady, winner of the Alcibiades Stakes for trainer Ken McPeek, sped five furlongs in 59.20 seconds, handily.

Five winners, four days

Trainer David Carroll had what probably will be the hottest streak of the meet last week when he sent out five winners during four racing days (Nov. 4, 6, 7, and 8).

Carroll just missed making it six winners in six days when first-time starter Our Mimi narrowly lost in the first race Saturday.

"It's been great while it lasted," said Carroll, an Ireland native who worked as an exercise rider for six years for Shug McGaughey until going out on his own in 1992. "I don't know what else we can do the rest of the meet. We hit the right spots at the right time."

* The weather in the Louisville area has been extraordinarily good this fall. Through the first 14 of the meet's 24 days, the main track has been rated fast every day except for one day when it was rated "good" early in the card.

What's more, the fair weather is expected to continue. The local forecast for every day through Sunday calls for mostly sunny skies and high temperatures around 70.

* Jockey Lonnie Meche has decided to ride through the end of the Churchill meet, Nov. 24, instead of leaving early for the Fair Grounds meet, which begins Nov. 22. Meche is the defending riding champion at the Fair Grounds.

* Trainer Carl Bowman said that E Z Glory, a highly impressive winner of a classified allowance race here Saturday, will be pointed exclusively to stakes at the Fair Grounds meet. "He has really become a professional racehorse," Bowman said of E Z Glory.

* Dr. George Dwyer Jr., who served as attending physician here from 1957 to 1987, died Sunday in Louisville. He was 74.

* Jack Bernis, a longtime Quarter Horse trainer whose eight children included Thoroughbred trainers Glynn "Tee Red" Bernis and Kenward Bernis, died Oct. 21 in his hometown of St. Martinville, La. He was 80. Another son, Cecil Bernis, has worked in the Churchill track maintenance department for about 25 years.