will try to do something Saturday at Oak Tree/Hollywood Park his half-brother
Lava Man was unable to accomplish.
win the $150,000 California Cup Classic Presented by City National Bank.
Classic, which will be run at 1 1/8 miles over Cushion Track, is the richest of
seven stakes races for California
breds to be contested as part of the 21st California Cup.
time is 1 p.m. Saturday. There is a California Cup T-shirt giveaway per paid
admission while supplies last.
three-time winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup, Lava Man was defeated in two
Classic appearances. The gelding’s best finish was a second behind Cozy Guy in
by W.C. Racing, Westside Rentals.com and Neil Haymes, Enriched, a 5-year-old
High Brite gelding out of the Nostaglia’s Star mare Li’l Ms. Leonard, has won
seven of 22 and earned $512,656. He is among eight entered in the Classic.
of Enriched’s wins have come in 13 starts since he was claimed for $32,000 by
his current connections - including trainer Doug O’Neill – Nov. 1, 2009.
Enriched became a graded stakes winner when capturing the Del Mar Mile
Handicap, a Grade II, Aug. 28.
in the Shadwell Turf Mile Oct. 9 at Keeneland, Enriched is seeking his second
victory over Cushion Track. His only win in four starts here came by 7 ¾
lengths against $80,000 maidens May 8, 2009.
Suspect will be looking for his first win in his 13th start of 2010.
The 6-year-old Unusual Heat horse out of the Crested Wave mare Penpont has won
eight of 53 in his career with earnings of $855,171.
by David, Dyan and trainer Barry Abrams, Unusual Suspect has lost 15 in a row
since his 24-1 upset in the Cougar II Handicap Aug. 5, 2009 at Del Mar.
Gear Power will aim for the richest victory of his career for trainer Mike
Mitchell, who won the 2006 Classic with Texcess.
by a partnership that includes Jim Ford, the 4-year-old All the Gears gelding
out of the Incinderator mare Breeze Gal has won five of nine since being
claimed for $12,500 June 26, 2009 at Hollywood Park.
the gray has six wins in 19 attempts and banked $165,114. Low Gear Power won
over Cushion Track in July, his first start of 2010.
by Victor Garcia for Lucky Charm Stable, Cayambe enters off a 25-1 surprise in
the Ralph M. Hinds Handicap Sept. 26 at Fairplex Park.
The win was the ninth in 37 starts for the 6-year-old Helmsman gelding out of
the Restless Con mare Pacaya. He has earned $360,976. The win in the Hinds,
which is the same distance as the Cal Cup Classic, was his third in six races
since he was claimed for $25,000 July 31, 2009 at Del Mar.
field also includes Lodi Red, who has yet to win over synthetic, Mobilized, who
is 0-for-2 in two turn races, My Boy Walsh, looking to become the first
3-year-old to win since the aforementioned Cozy Guy, and Soul Candy, who will
be racing for the first time on something other than turf.
Classic is the ninth of 10 races.
inside out, the lineup for the Cal Cup Classic: Unusual Suspect, Patrick
Valenzuela rides, 116 pounds; Enriched, Joel Rosario, 123; Mobilized, David
Flores, 116; My Boy Walsh, Mike Smith, 113; Low Gear Power, Joe Talamo, 118;
Lodi Red, Martin Garcia, 113; Cayambe, Alonso Quinonez, 120 and Soul Candy,
Rafael Bejarano, 118.
Freighter and Colgan’s Chip, who finished a nose apart when running 1-2 in the
Oak Tree Mile, a Grade II, Oct. 9, will square off again in the $100,000 John
C. Mabee California Cup Mile Presented by TVG.
by Shawn Dugan, breeder King Edward Racing Stable and Charles Winner and trained
by Neil Drysdale, Liberian Freighter was 22-1 when winning the Oak Tree Mile.
The victory was the eighth in 22 outings for the 5-year-old son of Bertrando
and the Slewpy mare Anachristina. He has earned $571,740. Liberian Freighter
was third behind Swift Winds and Bold Chieftain in this event in 2008.
by Jenine Sahadi for Green Lantern Stables LLC, Colgan’s Chip has won four of
12. The 5-year-old Cee’s Tizzy gelding and the Theatrical mare Leaning Tower has banked $212,712. Sahadi has
two previous wins in the Mile. Both were with Megan’s Interco (1993, 1995).
Dream, who is 3-for-3 in races restricted to California breds, has won five of seven
overall and earned $233,940 for owner-breeder Bruce Corwin and trainer Mike
Puype. The 4-year-old gelded son of Atticus and the Smokester mare Remember
Dorothy defeated Colgan’s Chip by a head when winning the California Dreamin
Handicap July 25 at Del
inside out, the field for the grassy California Cup Mile: Tiz Argent, Joel
Rosario rides, 115 pounds; Pop’shandsarehot, Corey Nakatani, 116; Colgan’s
Chip, Brice Blanc, 118; Jiggly, Patrick Valenzuela, 116; Bruce’s Dream, Joe
Talamo, 120 and Liberian Freighter, Martin Garcia, 123.
Railrider will look to become the second repeat winner – joining Dream of
Summer (2004-2005) – in the $100,000 TOC/CTT Cal Cup Matron.
by breeders Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams and trained by Steve Specht, Lady
Railrider won by nearly two lengths in 2009. The 5-year-old Ride the Rails
mare, who has won seven of 20 and earned $413,180, will have six opponents. The
Matron is run at 1 1/16 miles over Cushion Track.
rivals include Camille C and Ultra Blend.
by Carlos Polanco and trained by Marcelo Polanco, Camille C won the Melair
Stakes earlier in the year on California Gold Rush Day. The 3-year-old Roman
Dancer filly and the Rahy mare Paris Operetta has three wins in 15 tries. Her
bankroll is $287,551.
Blend will be making her first start around two turns on a synthetic surface in
the Matron. The 4-year-old daughter of Richly Blended and the Desert Classic
mare Ankha has won five of 15 for owners Nels Erickson and trainer Art Sherman.
inside out, the field for the Cal Cup Matron: Camille C, Martin Garcia rides,
117 pounds; Warren’s Jitterbug, Patrick Valenzuela, 117; Tiz Smoke Tiz Fire,
Joe Talamo, 113; Catsalot, Brice Blanc, 118; Ruffled Feathers, Victor Espinoza,
118; Ultra Blend, Joel Rosario, 119 and Lady Railrider, Frank Alvarado, 116.
day’s opener is the $100,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint. Cost of
Freedom, a Grade I winner for owners Gary and Cecil Barber and trainer John
Sadler, tops a field of five in the race at six furlongs over Cushion Track.
7-year-old Cee’s Tizzy gelding out of the Moscow Ballet mare Freedom Dance,
Cost of Freedom collected his biggest win in the 2009 Ancient Title at Santa
Anita. An earner of $692,263 – most of it since he was claimed for $50,000 by
the Barbers in July, 2008 – Cost of Freedom will be making his first start in a
race restricted to state breds since he finished second in the Tiznow Stakes
April 27, 2008 at Hollywood Park.
is aiming for his third Sprint win, having tallied with Valiant Pete in the
inaugural running (1990) and Ceeband (2001).
McCoy, who has yet to lose in four races around one turn, cuts back in distance
for owner-breeders Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Shapiro and trainer Steve Sherman.
3-year-old son of In Excess and the Slew City Slew mare Swahili Song finished
fourth as the 3-2 favorite in his first try past seven furlongs in the El Cajon
Sept. 3 at Del Mar. Goggles McCoy has earned $126,160.
out the Sprint field are A Lil Dumaani, a six time winner making his second
start since being claimed for $62,500 by Peter Miller for the Barbers, My Summer
Slew, who won the Robert K. Kerlan Memorial Handicap over the Hollywood Park
turf in his last local start June 27, and Runaway Bandido.
inside out, the field for the California Cup Sprint: Cost of Freedom, Joe
Talamo rides, 123 pounds; A Lil Dumaani, Martin Garcia, 116; Goggles McCoy,
Russell Baze, 119; My Summer Slew, Alonso Quinonez, 120 and Runaway Bandido,
Victor Espinoza, 116.
R All That I Am, who won a pair of California
bred stakes during the Hollywood
Park spring-summer meet
earlier in 2010, is among eight fillies and mares entered in the $100,000 John
Deere California Cup Distaff. The race will go at six furlongs on turf.
by Jerry Hollendorfer for owner-breeder Tommy Town Thoroughbreds, U R All That
I Am won both the B Thoughtful Stakes and Fran’s Valentine in the spring. The
latter victory came on the grass.
4-year-old Valid Wager filly out of the Fort
Calgary mare Fort Silver,
U R All That I Am has nine wins in 19 starts. She has earned $358,219.
Eric Kruljac is scheduled to run a pair in Money Lover and La Nez.
by breeder Rancho San Miguel, Money Lover, a 4-year-old Marino Marini filly and
the Unbridled mare Affordability, will be making her initial start on turf. She
has won two of seven and banked $105,740.
Nez, a 3-year-old daughter of Storm Creek and the Iz a Saros mare Iza Bay
has won three of 12. She has earned $261,000 for A&R Stables LLC and Class
Racing Stable. One of La Nez’s wins came in the 2009 California Cup Juvenile
inside out, the field for the California Cup Distaff: Perfect Vintage, Rafaqel
Bejarano rides, 118 pounds; Ms. G.I. Jane, Chad Schvaneveldt, 116; Money Lover,
Joe Talamo, 120; U R All That I Am, Joe Talamo, 120; I Can Hear, Martin Garcia,
115; U Turn Me Crazy, Russell Baze, 115; Ruination, Patrick Valenzuela, 116 and
La Nez, Victor Espinoza, 119.
two remaining stakes are for 2-year-olds. Eight fillies are entered in the
$75,000 Robert H. Walter California Cup Juvenile Fillies while nine will go in
the $75,000 Bob Benoit California Cup Juvenile. Both are at 1 1/16 miles over
Baffert, who won the inaugural Juvenile Fillies in 1990 with Theresa’s
Pleasure, will send out recent maiden winner Queenie Marini. Her rivals include
Swiss Wild Cat, who won the CTBA Stakes July 23 at Del Mar for owner-breeder Heinz Steinmann
and trainer Mike Harrington.
inside out, the field for the California Cup Juvenile Fillies: Warren’s Idol,
Patrick Valenzuela rides, 120 pounds; Excellent Point, Jose Verenzuela, 120; Warren’s
Flyer, Martin Pedroza, 120; Queenie Marini, Martin Garcia, 120; Arta B Tappin,
David Flores, 117; California Nectar, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Swiss Wild Cat,
Victor Espinoza, 120 and Table for One, Joe Talamo, 120. Warren’s
Idol and Warren’s
Flyer will race coupled.
who won the 2009 Juvenile with Bench the Judge, will seek another victory with
son of Momentum and the Formal Gold mare Farnham has one win in six starts for
owner-breeder J. Paul Reddam and has earned $31,820.
Juvenile field features four last out winners – Contemplated, Warrens Good
Storm, Woodmans Luck and Slammer Time.
inside out, the field for the California Cup Juvenile: Contemplated, Joel
Rosario rides, 120 pounds; Mr. Gennaro, David Flores, 120; Bluegrass Reward,
Russell Baze, 120; Warrens Good Storm, Pedro Arambula, 120; Woodmans Luck, Joe
Talamo, 120; Slammer Time, Rafael Bejarano, 120; Jailbird Jimmy, Patrick
Valenzuela, 120; Luckarack, Frank Alvarado, 120 and Joy Boy, Corey Nakatani,
120. Luckarack and Woodmans Luck are coupled.