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European star will miss Turf

Singspiel, the favorite for the Breeders' Cup Turf, fractured his leg during a workout Thursday, reducing the number of European horses in the Breeders' Cup.

The horses who appear to have the best chances at Hollywood Park on Saturday are Borgia, a 3-year-old filly from Germany, in the 1{-mile Turf, and Spinning World, a 4-year-old English colt, in the Mile on the grass.

Singspiel, second in the Turf last year at Woodbine, broke the cannon bone in his right front leg. The 5-year-old Irish-bred horse is scheduled for surgery today or Saturday.

"Obviously, we're very, very disappointed," said Anthony Stroud, racing manager for Sheikh Mohammed al Maktoum of Dubai.

Stroud said the horse broke down about 10 yards from the finish of a half-mile workout, and exercise rider Kevin Bradshaw dismounted and led him back to the barn.

"The jockey noticed he was very, very lame and it got progressively worse," Stroud said.

Singspiel, trained by Michael Stoute of England, won two stakes in England last year and the Canadian International at Woodbine before finishing second in the Breeders' Cup Turf.

He concluded his 1996 campaign by winning the Japan Cup at Tokyo. This year, he won the Dubai World Cup and the Coronation Cup and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II Stakes in England.

Borgia, owned by German publisher Gestut Ammerland, won four of six starts in Germany this year before finishing third in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Oct. 7 in France.

The other European starters in the Turf are Dance Design (Ireland), Majorien (France) and Rajpoute, who has done all his racing in France but was purchased recently by Americans Sidney and Jenny Craig and is trained in California by Ron McAnally.

Dance Design won three starts in Ireland this year, then finished second in a race in Germany before making his U.S. debut with a third in the Beverly D. Aug. 24 at Arlington International. Majorien won his past three starts, all stakes in France. Rajpoute's past two races were stakes wins in France.

Spinning World, owned by the Niarchos family, goes into the Mile off two victories in 1-mile stakes in France. Another European starter in the Mile will be Decorated Hero (England), who this year has won four stakes in England and one in France.

Three Europeans will debut on dirt in the 6-furlong Sprint. They are Pas de Reponse (France), winner of two French stakes and Carmine Lake (England), a stakes winner in France in October in his second start of the year, and Royal Applause, winner of four 1997 stakes in England.

Europeans have won four races in four previous Breeders' Cups in California, and all the winners were French-trained. There were 26 horses trained in England in those four Breeders' Cups, and none finished as high as third.

ODDS SCRAMBLE: The loss of heavily-backed favorite Singspiel forced oddsmakers to scramble to find a new line for the Turf race.

Singspiel was the 11-10 early pick for the 1{-mile grass feature, which was to have been his final race before going to stud.

On the Hollywood Park program, Chief Bearhart, winner of the Grade I Canadian International in his last start, is the lukewarm 7-2 favorite in the 11-horse field. Chief Bearhart had been listed at 5-1 Wednesday.

Rajpoute, winner of consecutive Grade II stakes in France, is listed at 9-2, followed closely by Grade I Turf Classic Invitational winner Val's Prince at 5-1. Rajpoute was rated 6-1 and Val's Prince at 10-1 before Singspiel's injury.

Borgia, Awad and Flag Down are all held at 6-1. Majorien comes next at 8-1, followed by Dance Design (15-1), Ops Smile (20-1) and 30-1 long-shots Buck's Boy and Big Sky Chester.

Rajpoute, ridden by Chris McCarron, and Val's Prince, ridden by Mike Smith, could be the biggest beneficiaries of the new lineup, with the kind of tactical speed to be perfectly placed in a race that should have a less-pressured pace without Singspiel.

"None of us ever likes to see a horse get hurt," said McCarron, "especially in a race of this stature which loses some of its luster."

JUVENILE FILLIES: Canadian Bob McBain is placing his hope for victory in an unpredictable 2-year-old with a modest bloodline and enviable post position.

Kirby's Song, winner of three races in six starts, drew the No.

4 post for the Juvenile Fillies, in which Kentucky-bred Countess Diana is the early 9-5 favorite out of the eighth post in the 14-horse field.

Kirby's Song is one of six Canadian horses running from a nation that has produced just one Cup champion from 48 starters.