10/03/2003 11:00PM

Weightless dominates Prix Dollar


PARIS - Could the victory of Weightless in the Prix Dollar at Longchamp on Saturday have earned him a place in the Breeders' Cup Classic?

That will be one of the questions hanging over the Classic this week after Weightless, a 3-year-old son of In the Wings, proved as light as air over the sticky going in the Group 2 Dollar, leading throughout for a convincing two-length victory at 5-1 over entrymate Short Pause.

The race was yet another triumph for Khalid Abdullah's powerful Juddmonte operation, as he owns the first two finishers, with Weightless trained by Pascal Bary and Short Pause trained by Andre Fabre.

"The Breeders' Cup Classic?" Bary mischievously pondered as the next stop for Weightless. Bary, who has Six Perfections as a probable in the Mile, is well aware that Mineshaft, Candy Ride, and Empire Maker will not appear at Santa Anita.

While the Classic is only a possibility, British bookmakers Coral have quoted Weightless at 25-1 for the Breeders' Cup Classic. The Dec. 14 Hong Kong Cup on turf was also mentioned as a possibility by Bary.

The winner of the Group 3 Prix du Prince d'Orange in his previous start, Weightless has now won 4 of his last 5 outings. He had no problems in the Dollar, as jockey Thierry Thulliez put him right on the lead and the rest was academic, with the gelding covering the 1 1/8 miles, 155 yards in 2:05.40. The two main British hopes, Nysaean and Ikhtyar, faded late to finish seventh and ninth.

* Special Kaldoun may have the Far East in his sights after he stormed to a four-length score over My Risk in the Prix Daniel Wildenstein as the 5-2 choice.

While the Wildenstein, a Group 2 mile, propelled Domedriver to victory in the Breeders' Cup Mile last year, Special Kaldoun has been termed by trainer David Smaga as probable for the $1.6 million Mile Championship at Kyoto on Nov. 23 and/or the $1.8 Hong Kong Mile at Sha Tin on Dec. 14, both Group 1 events.

The winner of the Group 3 Prix Messidor going a mile in July, Special Kaldoun is an Irish-bred son of Dieses who had finished two lengths fourth to Six Perfections in the Prix Jacques le Marois at Deauville in August.

* Jockey Christophe Soumillon has been coming under some harsh criticism from the betting public of late, but he answered in the best way on Saturday with three victories.

The first of them came in the Group 2 Prix de Royallieu aboard the odds-on Moon Search. Despite drifting left under Soumillon's right-handed whipping, Moon Search, owned by Khalid Abdullah and trained by Fabre, prevailed by a nose over Whortleberry, whose rider, Thierry Jarnet, received a 15-day suspension for misjudging the finish. Moon Search, a daughter of Rainbow Quest, covered the 1 9/16 miles in 2:48.60.

A 22-year-old Belgian, Soumillon followed up with victories in the 1 7/8-mile Group 2 Prix Hubert de Chaudenay aboard the 7-2 Behkara, and in the listed Prix Charles Laffitte on the 9-10 favorite, Visorama.