09/18/2008 11:00PM

Whatsthescript will await BC Mile


ARCADIA, Calif. - Whatsthescript, who has emerged as the leading turf miler in California in recent months, will make his next start in the Breeders' Cup Mile at Santa Anita on Oct. 25, and bypass the $200,000 Oak Tree Mile on Sept. 28, trainer John Sadler said.

Whatsthescript won the Del Mar Mile on Aug. 24. Following that race, Sadler said the Oak Tree Mile would be Whatsthescript's next start, but he backed away from that plan on Friday.

"He runs so well fresh," Sadler said. "We had an either-or situation."

Sadler said Whatsthescript will be nominated to the Oak Tree Mile, "in case he's jumping through his skin."

Asked if he thought the Del Mar Mile had taxed Whatsthescript, Sadler said, "That was a fast race."

Owned by Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, Whatsthescript ran a mile on turf in 1:32.40 in the Del Mar Mile. During the summer, Whatsthescript won the Grade 2 American Handicap at Hollywood Park on June 28 in his first start of the year and finished second to Monzante in the Grade 1 Eddie Read Handicap at Del Mar on July 20.

Daytona, the winner of six stakes from last October to May of this year but winless in his last two starts, is also skipping the Oak Tree Mile, trainer Dan Hendricks said. Daytona was sixth in the American Handicap and fourth in the Del Mar Mile in his last two races.

Breeders' Cup preps galore next weekend

The Oak Tree Mile is one of eight major stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 27-28, the opening weekend of the Oak Tree meeting.

Saturday's program features an astonishing six Grade 1 races that are preps to the Breeders' Cup races at Santa Anita on

Oct. 24-25.

The $500,000 Goodwood Stakes at 1 1/8 miles, a prep to the BC Classic, has Albertus Maximus, Mast Track, Spirit One, Surf Cat, Tiago, Tres Borrachos, and Well Armed as probable starters.

The $400,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes for fillies and mares at 1 1/4 miles on turf, a prep to the BC Filly and Mare Turf, will have an outstanding field expected to include 2006 winner Wait a While against Anabaa's Creation, Black Mamba, I Can See, Green Lyons, Gula Gold, High Heel Sneakers, Marzelline, and Vacare.

The $250,000 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship at 1 1/4 miles is led by Spring House, arguably California's best hope for a contender in the BC Turf.

The $250,000 Ancient Title Stakes, a key prep to the BC Sprint, will feature a strong field, including Cost of Freedom, Idiot Proof, In Summation, Lucky Island, and Street Boss.

The $250,000 Lady's Secret Stakes will have a small field. Zenyatta, the favorite for the BC Distaff, will face rivals Hystericalady, Model, and Wake Up Maggie.

The $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes for 2-year-old fillies is led by Stardom Bound, the electrifying winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 1.

Sadler said his two leading 2-year-old fillies - Evita Argentina and Emmy Darling - may pass the race. Evita Argentina may start in the BC Juvenile Fillies on Oct. 24, while Emmy Darling could start in the $75,000 Anoakia Stakes on Oct. 19.

The Oak Tree Mile is one of two graded stakes on the Sept. 28 program. Even without Daytona and Whatsthescript, the Oak Tree Mile field will include Awesome Gem and Hyperbaric, both candidates for the BC Mile.

The $250,000 Norfolk Stakes for 2-year-old males will feature the first two finishers of the Del Mar Futurity on Sept. 3 - Midshipman and Coronet of a Baron - against Azul Leon, Desert Party, Silent Valor, and Street Hero.

Barbecue Eddie headed to Dubai

Barbecue Eddie, third in the Grade 2 Pat O'Brien Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 24, has been sold privately by a partnership to an undisclosed owner in Dubai, trainer Brian Koriner said. Barbecue Eddie was a candidate for the Ancient Title until the deal was finalized last week, Koriner said.

Barbecue Eddie, 4, left Koriner's barn on Monday after undergoing a veterinary inspection earlier this month. The purchase price was not disclosed. Barbecue Eddie finished fourth in Dubai in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in March.

Get Funky seeks repeat in Morvich

Monday is the final day of the Los Angeles County Fair meeting at Fairplex Park. The Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting begins on Wednesday with a program highlighted by the $100,000 Morvich Handicap on the hillside turf course.

The Morvich is led by defending champion Get Funky, the winner of the Green Flash Handicap at Del Mar on Aug. 13, and Rebellion, a stakes winner earlier this year at Hollywood Park. The Grade 3 Morvich is part of the Breeders' Cup Win and You're In program, offering an automatic berth to the winner for the Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint on Oct. 25, subject to entry fees.