10/14/2004 11:00PM

Wilko headed to BC Juvenile

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Star Over the Bay, shown after his win in the Clement Hirsch, will work twice before the Turf.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Wilko, a two-time winner in England this year, has been acquired privately by Paul Reddam and will be pointed for the $1.5 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30.

Reddam said the deal was finalized Wednesday and that Wilko will start for trainer Jeremy Noseda in the Juvenile. Wilko will be sent to trainer Craig Dollase in California following the Breeders' Cup.

Wilko has won 2 of 10 starts, but has yet to win a stakes. Recently, Wilko finished fourth in the Group 2 Champagne Stakes at Doncaster on Sept. 10. He returned two weeks later and finished third in the Group 2 Royal Lodge Stakes at Ascot.

Reddam acknowledged it will be gamble to send a colt who has never started on dirt into the Breeders' Cup, but said this is the year for an attempt.

"I don't think the 2-year-olds are the strongest group," Reddam said. "He doesn't have the turn of foot you need over there for top-class grass horses. He's by Awesome Again and he's bred for dirt."

Reddam has four Breeders' Cup hopefuls that he owns solely or in a partnership. Reddam will have Pt's Grey Eagle in the Sprint, Elloluv in the Distaff, and Sharp Lisa in the Juvenile Fillies. Elloluv and Pt's Grey Eagle are trained by Dollase; Sharp Lisa is owned in partnership and is trained by Doug O'Neill.

Star Over the Bay's work schedule set

Star Over the Bay, the top distance turf horse in California this year, will have two workouts in advance of the Breeders' Cup Turf. The schedule is one fewer work than trainer Mike Mitchell had planned following Star Over the Bay's win in the Clement Hirsch Turf Championship on Oct. 3, his third consecutive stakes win.

"His blood count was a little low," Mitchell said. "I decided I didn't need three works. I threw out a half-mile work I don't think he needs."

Owned by a partnership, Star Over the Bay was scheduled to work Saturday. Claimed for $80,000 in the spring, Star Over the Bay won the Sunset Handicap at Hollywood Park and the Del Mar Handicap before the Clement Hirsch Championship.

Late scratches to be penalized

Hollywood Park will enact a 10-day ban for scratched horses during the upcoming fall meeting from Nov. 3 to Dec. 20. The ban will apply to horses that are withdrawn after scratch time, which is typically the day before a race. Horses placed on the list will not be able to start for 10 days instead of the current five that has been in place at other tracks.

Hollywood Park had a 10-day policy in 2003 as an experiment and received approval from the California Horse Racing Board on Thursday to continue the program this fall.

Hollywood Park officials said the increased ban has reduced scratches, which are a source of aggravation for fans who study races in advance.

McAnally stars pull out of Breeders' Cup

House of Fortune and Sweet Return, two of trainer Ron McAnally's stars of 2004, will not start on the Breeders' Cup program after running disappointing races at Keeneland last weekend.

House of Fortune emerged from a last-place finish in Sunday's Spinster Stakes with a breathing problem and an entrapped epiglottis. She was a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Distaff based on her wins earlier this year in the Fantasy Stakes and Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks and a second in the Clement Hirsch Handicap in August.

McAnally said House of Fortune will be pointed for the winter-spring meeting at Del Mar.

Sweet Return lost a shoe during the Shadwell Mile and will miss the Breeders' Cup Mile. He finished sixth, 6 1/2 lengths behind Nothing to Lose, in the Shadwell Mile. Sweet Return is winless in five starts since the Frank Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita in March.

McAnally said Sweet Return may be considered for the $400,000 Citation Handicap, a Grade 1 at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Hollywood Park on Nov. 27.

Roman Ruler gets ready for Juvenile

Top 2-year-old Roman Ruler breezed a half-mile in 49.20 seconds Friday in preparation for a start in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile.

Trained by Bob Baffert, Roman Ruler may go favored in the Juvenile off the strength of his wins in the Best Pal Stakes at Del Mar and the Norfolk Stakes at the Oak Tree meeting.

Trainer Bob Baffert said Roman Ruler will have another workout at Santa Anita before shipping to Lone Star Park early on the week of the Breeders' Cup.

Valentine Dancer on comeback trail

Valentine Dancer, who won the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf last January, worked three furlongs in 35.60 seconds Friday, the first workout of a comeback from a lengthy layoff.

Valentine Dancer, 4, is being pointed for a defense of her Sunshine Millions title in January "if there are no setbacks with her," trainer Craig Lewis said.

Valentine Dancer struggled following her win in the Sunshine Millions. She was winless in two starts after that race, finishing fourth in the Grade 2 La Canada Stakes at Santa Anita in February and sixth as the favorite in Fran's Valentine Stakes at Hollywood Park on April 24.

* Spinelessjellyfish, who won 10 of 48 starts from October 1998 to August of this year, including five stakes, has been retired and will stand at Cardiff Stud Farm in 2005 for a $2,000 fee.

* Minister Eric, second in the 2003 Breeders' Cup Juvenile, breezed a half-mile in 51.80 seconds on Thursday. Unraced since finishing 16th in the Kentucky Derby, a layoff caused by breathing problem, Minister Eric is expected to return to racing later this fall.