Updated on 09/15/2011 2:08PM

Yet another Frankel weekend, with more to come


ELMONT, N.Y. - As he watched the rain fall Monday morning outside his Belmont Park barn, trainer Bobby Frankel could only smile.

"Shows you how lucky I am breezing everything yesterday," said Frankel, who on Sunday worked virtually his entire star-studded barn in preparation for Saturday's Breeders' Cup Preview Day card at Belmont.

It seems as though Frankel has been cloaked in good luck the entire year. From an entry-day defection that allowed Flute to get into the Kentucky Oaks in May to having two horses placed first by disqualification in Grade 1 stakes within the same hour in July, Frankel has lived a charmed life in 2001. He has won 34 stakes - 11 Grade 1's - and his earnings of $10,681,989 are second only to Bob Baffert's ($14,393,147).

The good fortune continued last weekend with Frankel winning Grade 1 stakes on both coasts. On Saturday, Timboroa benefited from the scratches of two other speed horses to win the Turf Classic Invitational gate-to-wire at Belmont. Twenty-four hours later, Senure came from well off the pace to win the Clement L. Hirsch Turf Championship at Santa Anita.

Initially, Frankel had said that a win by Senure would earn him a start in the $2 million Breeders' Cup Turf while Timboroa would not run because it would cost $180,000 to supplement him. Monday morning, Frankel hedged somewhat because he knows Senure does not like soft turf and Timboroa handled it fine Saturday.

"We'll keep that option open," Frankel said. "If Galileo and Fantastic Light go in the Classic, what's left in this country isn't too much. Let's see how the weather turns out."

To prove that he is human, Frankel did lose two Grade 1 races over the weekend. Starine, the Diana winner, finished third in the Flower Bowl. She could still be still be supplemented to the BC Filly and Mare Turf at a cost of $90,000. The Seven Seas finished seventh in the Yellow Ribbon, suffering from an entrapped epiglottis, which will knock her out of the Breeders' Cup.

"Of all the horses that I ran this weekend, I thought she was the best one," Frankel said.

This Saturday, at Belmont, Frankel will be represented in three Grade 1 events and a Grade 2, all of which serve as preludes to the World Thoroughbred Championships on Oct. 27 where Frankel could have runners in seven of the eight races. Frankel is 0 for 36 in the Breeders' Cup.

Frankel may have as many as four runners in the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic. Aptitude and Sumitas will run in Saturday's $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont while Skimming is expected to run in Sunday's $500,000 Goodwood at Santa Anita. Lido Palace, who won the Whitney Handicap and Woodward, will not run this weekend. A decision on whether he will be supplemented to the Classic for $800,000 will be made after this weekend.

Also on Saturday, Frankel will send out Flute, the top 3-year-old filly in the country, against older fillies and mares in the $750,000 Beldame. You will run against Cashier's Dream in the $500,000 Frizette and Blu Air Force will be a longshot in the $250,000, Grade 2 Kelso Handicap. On Sunday, in California, Frankel will send out Thady Quill in the $250,000 Oak Tree Mile, a prep for the BC Mile.

On Sunday, before the rains came, Frankel worked most of those horses over a fast Belmont main track. Aptitude, working in company with Blu Air Force, went five furlongs in 1:01.43. Frankel wasn't looking for much a week after Aptitude went six furlongs in 1:11.60.

Sumitas, who was scratched from Friday night's Meadowlands Cup to run in the Gold Cup, went in company with You. You, who started a length behind Sumitas went, five furlongs in 1:01.02 while Sumitas was clocked in 1:02.14. Flute, working by herself, went six furlongs in 1:13.20.

Frankel will go into this weekend quite confident.

"I'm excited about it," Frankel said. "It's keeping them sound that's the main thing. The only thing that keeps you awake at night is something out of the ordinary happening."

Frankel just hopes his extraordinary good luck holds out for another month.