Field likely to lack much lo­cal fla­vor

Daily Racing Form National Digital Edition - - News - By Steve An­der­sen

The home team may not have rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the $1 mil­lion Breeders’ Cup Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf on Nov. 3 at Del Mar.

Mon­day at Santa Anita, the French im­port Fatale Bere edged Moon Dash by a nose to win the $102,345 Surfer Girl Stakes at a mile on turf for 2-year-old fil­lies. The Surfer Girl was the lead­ing prep for the BC Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Af­ter the race, win­ning trainer Leonard Pow­ell said Fatale Bere was doubt­ful for the Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf be­cause he would need to pay a six­fig­ure nom­i­na­tion fee to make her el­i­gi­ble. He said Fatale Bere is more likely to start in the Grade 3 Jimmy Du­rante Stakes for 2-year-old fil­lies at a mile on turf Nov. 25 at Del Mar.

Owner Peter Fluor said Moon Dash was likely to be sent back to trainer Mike Stid­ham in Kentucky.

“She would have stayed if she had won,” Fluor said.

The BC Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf is al­most cer­tain to have an over­sub­scribed field. The race will have a max­i­mum of 14 starters, and the run­ners who fin­ished third or worse in the Surfer Girl are un­likely to be se­lected.

The race is ex­pected to have am­ple par­tic­i­pa­tion from Euro­pean-based run­ners.

Two stakes at New­mar­ket, Eng­land, on Fri­day – the Group 1 Fil­lies Mile and the Group 3 Oh So Sharp Stakes at seven fur­longs – may bet­ter clar­ify who will be among the over­seas run­ners.

Hap­pily, who has al­ready won the Group 1 Moyglare Stud Stakes for fil­lies in Ire­land on Sept. 10 and the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc La­gardere against males at Chan­tilly, France, on Oct. 1, was among a strong team of can­di­dates for the Fil­lies Mile for trainer Ai­dan O’Brien.

O’Brien said re­cently that Hap­pily is a con­tender for the Ju­ve­niles Fil­lies Turf, along with Clem­mie, who won the Group 1 Cheve­ley Park Stud Stakes at six fur­longs Sept. 30 at New­mar­ket.

Dark Rose An­gel will start in the Oh So Sharp Stakes as a po­ten­tial prep for the Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf, trainer Simon Cr­is­ford said by email Mon­day. Dark Rose An­gel was sec­ond by a head in her stakes de­but in the Group 2 May Hill Stakes at a mile at Don­caster, Eng­land, on Sept. 14.

Breeders’ Cup plans for Won­der Gadot are un­cer­tain fol­low­ing her six-length win against three ri­vals in the Grade 3 Mazarine Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the all-weather sur­face at Woodbine last Satur­day. Trainer Mark Casse said the Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies Turf and the Ju­ve­nile Fil­lies on dirt Nov. 4 are un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

BENOIT & AS­SO­CI­ATES

Fatale Bere won the Surfer Girl, but won’t be run­ning in the Breeders’ Cup.

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