10/06/2009 11:00PM

Which turf race fits Dar Re Mi best?

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Barbara D. Livingston
Trainer John Gosden must decide whether to run his 4-year-old filly Dar Re Mi in the $2 million Filly and Mare Turf or against males for a $3 million purse in the Turf.

Patrick Biancone said the 8-year-old Ball Four is a Dirt Mile candidate.P

This much is clear - Dar Re Mi is an intended starter in the Breeders' Cup program at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting on Nov. 6-7. Now trainer John Gosden has to decide between the $2 million Filly and Mare Turf on Nov. 6, a race where Dar Re Mi would be strongly favored, or the $3 million Turf on Nov. 7, where she would be a leading contender.

Dar Re Mi, 4, finished fifth in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe in Paris last Sunday, 3 1/2 lengths behind super horse Sea the Stars. Gosden said that she emerged from the race well and is bound for the Breeders' Cup.

Those that Dar Re Mi would face in the Filly and Mare Turf will be better known after Saturday, following the $300,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita and the $400,000 First Lady Stakes at Keeneland.

Magical Fantasy, who has won her last three starts, all in stakes, will be favored in the Yellow Ribbon. She faces the improving 3-year-old Internallyflawless, who won the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks in August. Forever Together, the defending champion of the Filly and Mare Turf, starts in the First Lady Stakes.

The European team for the Filly and Mare Turf may include Look Here, the winner of the 2008 English Oaks. She is bound for the E.P. Taylor Stakes at Woodbine on Oct. 17, after which a start in the Filly and Mare Turf will be assessed, trainer Ralph Beckett said earlier this week.