11/04/2009 12:00AM

Two follow through on Win and In

Barbara D. Livingston
Bridgetown (left), who won the Grade 3 Summer, and the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile winner Ventura earned berths in the Breeders' Cup by winning Woodbine stakes.

ETOBICOKE, Ontario - Last year, four of the six horses who earned automatic Breeders' Cup berths with their successes in Win and You're In races at Woodbine followed up with appearances on Santa Anita's two-day Breeders' Cup program.

But the Breeders' Cup Challenge series had less of an impact in its second season here, with only two of the six winners racing this weekend at Santa Anita.

Bridgetown, who prevailed in the Grade 3 Summer over one mile on turf, will be taking his place in the lineup for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf.

Ventura, winner of the Grade 1 Woodbine Mile, earned a berth in the Breeders' Cup Mile but will be looking to defend her title in the Filly and Mare Sprint.

The other winners in the Challenge series here will be far removed from Santa Anita this weekend.

The absence of Champs Elysees, winner of this year's Grade 1 Canadian International, is no surprise. His Juddmonte Farms connections had announced well before the Canadian International that Champs Elysees was headed to England to prepare for a stud career regardless of the outcome, and would not be proceeding to the Breeders' Cup Turf.

Supplementary nomination fees, which would have added significantly to the costs of a trek to California, were an important factor in the decisions to pass the Breeders' Cup by the connections of the other three winners of Woodbine's Challenge series races.

Lahaleeb, an upsetter in the Grade 1 E.P. Taylor after invading from England, is headed for Hong Kong after her connections balked at the $180,000 supplementary fee that would have been required for the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf.

Field Commission, the locally based runner who captured the Grade 2 Nearctic, would have had to be supplemented to the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint at a cost of $90,000 . He stayed at Woodbine to point for the Grade 3, $150,000 Kennedy Road at six furlongs here Nov. 21.

Bay to Bay, who took the Grade 3 Natalma, also would have had to be supplemented to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf at a cost of $90,000 and came back to finish second here in the Grade 3 Mazarine before being put away for the season.

In addition to Ventura and Bridgetown, three others who competed in this year's Breeders' Cup Challenge series races here will be in action on this year's Breeders' Cup program.

Ferneley, who finished a solid second behind Ventura in the Woodbine Mile, will go in the Breeders' Cup Mile.

The connections of Rainbow View, runner-up in the E.P. Taylor, have elected to try her on a surface other than turf for the first time in the Ladies' Classic.

Jungle Tale and Elusive Galaxy, the second- and fourth-place finishers in the Natalma, will go in the Juvenile Fillies Turf.

Woodbine patriots also will have some solid local rooting interests in this year's Breeders' Cup races, with horses Careless Jewel, Fatal Bullet, and Biofuel, trainers Josie Carroll and Reade Baker, and jockeys Robert Landry and Eurico Rosa da Silva all slated to see action.

Careless Jewel, trained by Carroll and one of the favorites for the Ladies' Classic, is the regular mount of Landry, who also rides Bridgetown in the Juvenile Turf.

Fatal Bullet, runner-up in last year's Breeders' Cup Sprint, will be back for Baker and da Silva, who also will team up with impressive Mazarine winner Biofuel in the Juvenile Fillies.

Local group fared poorly in 2008

Last year, Folk Opera ran ninth in the Filly and Mare Turf after winning the E.P. Taylor; True to Tradition wound up seventh in the Turf Sprint after capturing the Nearctic; C Karma ended eighth in the Juvenile Fillies Turf after scoring in the Natalma; and Grand Adventure was 10th in the Juvenile Turf after taking the Summer.

Rahy's Attorney, winner of the Woodbine Mile last year, would have had to be supplemented to the Breeders' Cup Mile at a cost of $180,000 last year, and wound up accepting an expenses-paid invitation to the Mile Championship in Kyoto, Japan.

Marsh Side, winner of last year's Canadian International, also traveled to the Far East after receiving an expenses-paid invitation for the Japan Cup but fell ill while shipping and did not make the race.

Most Cup wagers available

The Breeders' Cup wagering menu offered here will mirror Santa Anita's with the exception of the new Ladies' Classic-Breeders' Cup Classic double and the head-to-head jockey wager. Also, the minimum superfecta wager in Canada is $1.

Advance wagering will be available at Woodbine, Mohawk, Greenwood, the Champions teletheatre network, and HorsePlayer Interactive's telephone and online wagering services for both Saturday's Breeders' Cup program and Woodbine's live Saturday card.

The advance wagering will open at 3 p.m. Friday on all pools except the pick six, pick four, and pick three, which will be available following the conclusion of that day's Woodbine card.

Split television coverage

Live television of Friday's and Saturday's Breeders' Cup programs will be available in Canada.

On Friday, the Breeders' Cup will air on TSN from 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Eastern.

On Saturday, ABC will broadcast the Breeders' Cup card from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. A TSN2 broadcast begins at 1:30 p.m. and goes until 4 p.m. TSN takes over for the last three hours, 4 to 7 p.m.

* Saturday's 11-race live card here will begin earlier than usual, at 12:35 p.m., and is scheduled to conclude at 6:20 p.m.

* A total of 165 horses have been cataloged for the Canadian Thoroughbred Horse Society's winter mixed sale, scheduled for 1 p.m. on Nov. 28 at the Woodbine Sales Pavilion. A total of 81 broodmares will be offered, some coming with a free breeding to an Ontario sire, along with 40 weanlings, 21 yearlings, 20 horses of racing age, and three stallions.