Harris Farm Winners Among Cal Cup Standouts

Following is a brief recap of companion stakes run during California Cup Day.

$125,000 Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies: Summer Wind Dancer, with Alex Sois riding, wore down 33-1 Buttertart in the stretch of the 1 1/16-mile event and pulled away to a half-length triumph for trainer Jenine Sahadi.

The gray daughter of Siberian Summer, owned and bred by Yvette and Richard Wira and Linda Vetter, went the distance in 1:44.38. She was sent off as the second choice at 3-1 in the field of 11.

She rallied three-wide in the stretch to catch Buttertart, who had kicked three lengths clear down the lane. Tizalovelylady had an eventful trip to get third., 3 1/2 lengths farther back.

Summer Wind Dancer, coming off a victory in the Cover Girl, won for the third time in four races and increased her earnings to $165,000.

$175,000 Cal Cup Mile: Jeffrey Sengara's Turkish Prize, with Victor Espinoza along, closed with conviction on the turf to edge Spinelessjellyfish by a neck in a rousing finish to the one-mile handicap for trainer Ted West.

The 7-year-old Prized gelding was sent off at 8-1 in the field of 13 older runners. He raced in seventh until making his run on the final turn. He pressed the leaders all the way through the stretch, emerging between horses late. Spinelessjellyfish lost this same race to Native Desert last year by a head. Adminniestrator closed well to be third, 1 1/4 length back. The winning time was 1:34.82.

Turkish Prize won for the 11th time in 40 outings and the $105,000 winning purse pushed his bankroll to more than $590,000. West claimed Turkish Prize out of his last race for $62,500.

$150,000 Cal Cup DistaffFavored Lil Sister Stich, with Laffit Pincay Jr. riding, remained perfect in two tries over the downhill turf course at about 6 1/2 furlongs, scampering home a length in front of Party Pirate in 1:13.36 for trainer Doug O'Neill and owner Gary Howard, who bred her, and partners.

The five-year-old mare by Seattle bound kicked clear in the stretch after chasing the early lead and held off the 25-1 Part Pirate late. Top of Our Game was third. Lil Sister Stich was sent off at 3-1 in the 13-horse field.

It was her seventh career win in 16 trips to the post and the $90,000 first prize pushed her career earnings to about $250,000.

$150,000 Cal Cup Sprint: Harris Farms, Inc., trainer Carla Gaines and jockey Patrick Valenzuela picked up their second Cal Cup win with Unlimited Value, an easy 3 1/4-length winner over Treasured Note, in a race marred by a two-horse spill.

The 6-year-old Present Value gelding won for the seventh time in just 13 career races. The $90,000 purse improved his earnings to more than $395,000.

Sent off at 6-1 in the field of eight, Unlimited Value's winning time was 1:08.35. Con Quixote was third. Stormy Jack, the 6-5 favorite, was no factor in fourth.

Rio Oro fell on the far turn and took McCordnskuba down with him.

Rio Oro dislocated both front fetlocks and was euthanized, veterinarian Dr. William Bell said. The 7-year-old gelding won last year's Cal Cup Starter Sprint and had 14 wins in 31 starts.

McCordnskuba had cuts on his knee and hind legs, but otherwise appeared all right, trainer Ron Sticka said.

Desormeaux said he kept Rio Oro up until the horse broke his second leg. Then they went down, but the rider wasn't injured. Isaias Enriquez, riding McCordnskuba, was sore and had a headache.

``I knew Rio Oro was in trouble, and I was just concerned that Kent was OK, because I heard the rail bang pretty good,'' Valenzuela said. ``In the stretch, I knew I had the race in hand and I just started praying for Kent at that point.''

$100,000 Cal Cup Distance Handicap: Flying A Farms' favored Nicole's Pursuit, with jockey Kent Desormeaux urging her for everything she had, prevailed by a head bob over Shalini in the 1 1/4-mile race for fillies and mares to give trainer Craig Lewis the victory.

The 3-year-old daughter of Flying Continental earned her fourth career victory in 12 starts. And improved her bankroll to about $225,000. She was sent off at 5-2 in the field of 11. The winning time was 2:01.93

After stalking the pace, she and Shalini, racing wide for Corey Nakatani, hooked up in the stretch. Shalini appeared to edge slightly ahead close to the wire, but Nicole's Pursuit got her nose to the wire first, if barely. Barely Daylight was 1 1/4 lengths back in third.

$125,000 Cal Cup Juvenile: Stan E. Fulton's Crackup, with Tyler Baze riding, edged away from 8-5 favorite Excessive Barb to win the 2-year-old feature by two lengths for trainer Rafael Becerra.

The bay colt by Distorted Humor was sent off at 2-1 in the field of eight. He won for the second time in four starts and turned the tables on Excessive Barb, who defeated him by a length in the Cavonnier at Oak Tree on Oct. 4. With the $75,000 purse, Crackup has now earned $125,000.

Hair Jordan closed for third, three lengths farther back. The winning time was 1:43.82.

$150,000 Cal Cup Matron: Super High, ridden by Pat Valenzuela,, led from gate to wire as the 8-5 favorite to beat Broke the Slump by 2 1/2 lengths in the 1 1/16-mile handicap for fillies and mares, 3 and up.

Super High is a 3-year-old bay filly by High Brite out of California Mare of the Year Image of Super (by Zanthe) bred and owned by Harris Farms Inc. It was the sixth win in 12 races for Super High, who is trained by Carla Gaines. The Matron's $90,000 purse pushed Super High's career bankroll to more than $456,000.

Elaine's Angel, another two lengths behind, finished third. The time was 1:42.64.

(Chart, Equibase)

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