10/11/2007 11:00PM

Vacare will ship west for Matriarch

EmailELMONT, N.Y. - Vacare, who earned an automatic berth into the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf with her half-length victory in last weekend's First Lady Stakes at Keeneland, will not run in that race and instead will be pointed to the Grade 1 Matriarch at Hollywood Park in late November.

Trainer Christophe Clement said several factors went into the decision to skip the Breeders' Cup, including the distance of the race, the venue, and the fact Vacare will likely remain in training next year.

"The owners will be quite happy to keep her in training next year so we can always make the Breeders' Cup next year," Clement said. "Two, the Breeders' Cup this year is a mile and three-eighths at Monmouth, which [could] mean soft turf, and she's never raced further than a mile and an eighth. Three, the Matriarch is a flat mile and it will be run on firm turf and it's a very good race."

Vacare, owned by Jon and Sarah Kelly, has won 6 of 8 starts, including the Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth and the Grade 3 Pucker Up as a 3-year-old.

Vacare will be one of six or seven horses Clement plans to stable in Southern California for the winter. Meribel, who skipped Saturday's Athenia at Belmont, is also likely to winter on the West Coast. Clement is considering sending Meribel to California for the Grade 2, $150,000 Las Palmas at Santa Anita on Nov. 4.

"Some of the better horses will go to California instead of going to Florida," Clement said.

Clement said that Royal Highness, who won the Grade 1 Beverly D. earlier this year, will not be supplemented to the BC Filly and Mare Turf and may not make next Sunday's $1 million E.P. Taylor at Woodbine.

"She came out of her last race sore," said Clement, referring to Royal Highness's sixth-place finish in the Flower Bowl Invitational here on Sept. 29. "It's a bit difficult this week with all the rain to judge her properly, so I'm not sure."

Rutherienne done for the year

Clement also said that Rutherienne, the Grade 1-winning 3-year-old filly, will not race again this year due to an injury to a splint bone in her left hind leg. Rutherienne won five consecutive stakes races - including the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks - before finishing last as the favorite in the Grade 1 Garden City BC here on Sept. 8.

"She has a splint left hind which is bothering her," Clement said. "I want to give her some time off and we'll bring her back next year. She's a top-class filly and she should have a nice career next year."

Prado cleared to get on horses

Jockey Edgar Prado, who sustained a broken ankle in a spill at Saratoga on Sept. 1, was given clearance by his doctors on Thursday to begin getting on horses. Prado had planned to get on a few Friday morning, but wet track conditions postponed that until Saturday.

Prado said that if his ankle holds up well after getting on horses over the weekend, he could resume race-riding by next Friday. Entries for races run on Wednesday were scheduled to be taken Saturday, and entries for Thursday are taken on Sunday.

"The best doctor will be my body," Prado said Friday at Belmont Park. "It will tell me if everything's okay, if I can handle it. I've been doing exercise, but it's completely different than being on a horse. We'll see how the ankle reacts; I'm hoping it reacts positively. I want to get my flexibility back again."

Shamdinan still pointing for BC Turf

Despite fifth-place finishes in the Man o' War and Jamaica BC, Shamdinan remains on target for the $3 million BC Turf, trainer Angel Penna Jr. said.

Shamdinan earned a spot in the Turf by virtue of his victory in the Grade 1 Secretariat at Arlington Park in August. That race was part of the Breeders' Cup's "Win and You're In'' initiative.

Penna, who officially took over Shamdinan's training from Doug O'Neill just before the Jamaica, said Shamdinan's 5 1/2-length defeat to Nobiz Like Shobiz in that race was better than it appears.

"The race did set him up very well because he came out of the race like he never ran, so basically for him it was like a workout,'' Penna said. "That particular day we have to admit that Nobiz Like Shobiz ran the race of his life, and secondly, we had everything in that race against us; very hard turf course, not a lot of speed, we were blocked, too. We would have never, ever beat Nobiz Like Shobiz, but we could've been second with a little bit of luck.''

Penna said that Remarkable News remains on target for the BC Mile.

Jerkens finishes one-two in stakes

Lady Marlboro rallied five wide in the stretch under Javier Castellano and roared past stablemate Dorm Fever at the eighth pole en route to a five-length victory in Friday's $78,000 Life's Magic Stakes. The winner and runner-up were both trained by Jimmy Jerkens.

After a stutter-step start, Dorm Fever, the 5-2 favorite, set the pace under Eddie Castro while being chased by Ruban Blue and Sequoia Queen. Lady Marlboro raced in seventh position before launching her bid leaving the five-sixteenths pole.

Lady Marlboro, a daughter of Smoke Glacken owned by John and Susan Moore, covered the seven furlongs in 1:22.01 and returned $9.60 as the third choice.