10/01/2004 11:00PM

Win boosts Cacique for BC Mile


PARIS - Cacique presented his Breeders' Cup Mile credentials with a late-running victory in the Group 2 Prix Daniel Wildenstein at Longchamp on Saturday.

A 3-year-old full brother to 2001 Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf winner Banks Hill, Cacique had been following Bago around the track in three Group 1 races this summer and fall. In between, he had managed to win the Group 3 Prix Daphnis at 1 1/8 miles, but his trainer, Andre Fabre, admitted he had been running at the wrong distance.

"He's a laid-back horse and I thought he could go further, but he's really a miler," Fabre said. "He could be one for the Breeders' Cup Mile - he's in it," the French trainer said, a reference to the fact that Cacique, yet another son of the late, red-hot sire Danehill, is fully nominated to the Breeders' Cup.

Fourth behind Sulamani in the 1 5/16-mile Juddmonte International on Aug. 17, Cacique had chased home Bago in both the Grand Prix de Paris at 1 1/4 miles and the Prix Jean Prat at 1 1/8 miles prior to landing the Daphnis. Nicely rated by Christophe Soumillon toward the rear of the 11-runner field in the $132,000 Daniel Wildenstein (formerly known as the Prix du Rond-Point), he produced a run for his Belgian rider approaching the three-sixteenths pole, and finished well to defeat Hurricane Alan by a half-length as the even-money choice. The winning time was 1:37.50 on good ground.

The one-mile, Group 1 Sun Chariot Stakes at Newmarket had been expected to produce a runner for the Breeders' Cup, but that looks unlikely after the tough-as-nails Attraction led throughout at 5-2 to defeat the 2-1 choice Chic by a neck. Attraction, the winner this spring of three Group 1 miles in the 1000 Guineas, the Irish 1000 Guineas, and the Coronation Stakes, has always been ruled out of the BC Mile by trainer Mark Johnston. She will, however, remain in training next year.

Nebraska Tornado came home third in the Sun Chariot, beaten 1 3/4 lengths. No decision has been made about sending Chic to the Mile or Nebraska Tornado to the Filly and Mare Turf.

The Group 2 Prix Dollar produced a surprise when Touch of Land, best remembered for finishing up the track in last year's Secretariat Stakes at Arlington, caught Gateman near the line to win the 1 1/8-mile, 155-yard event by a neck at 23-1. A son of Lando, Touch of Land previously was third in the 1 1/2-mile Bosphorus Cup in Istanbul. He covered the Prix Dollar distance in 1:58.30. The Godolphin favorite Sights on Gold faded to finish seventh, 7 1/4 lengths behind the winner, who was ridden by Christophe Lemaire and is trained by Henri-Alex Pantall.

* The ground at Longchamp was rated at 3.1, or good, on the penetrometer on Saturday. With no rain predicted for Saturday night, good ground is forecast for the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Sunday. As a result, German Derby winner Shirocco was withdrawn from the Arc by trainer Andreas Schutz, as the Monsun colt needs soft ground to produce his best form.