Full Fields Dominate Cal Cup XIV
Updated: Sunday, November 9, 2003 2:26 PM
Posted: Friday, November 7, 2003 2:37 PM
Hollywood Gold Cup winner Sky Jack was retired Friday and will not compete in the Cal Cup Classic.
A total of 103 horses are entered for Saturday's California Cup XIV, the 10-race, $1.325 million showcase for California breds at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.
TVG, a co-sponsor of Cal Cup, will will televise each race live. First post is noon. Oak Tree is offering a guaranteed $1 million Pick Six on races 5-10.
Here's a brief look at some of the day's highlights.Men's Exclusive Tries 'Madness in Cal Cup Sprint
A pair of millionaires, 10-year-old Men's Exclusive and 2000 winner Full Moon Madness, square off in the $150,000 Donald Valpredo California Cup Sprint Handicap.
Men's Exclusive has nearly $1.5 million in earnings with 11 wins in 46 starts. He was most recently was third in the Oct. 4 California Sprint Championship.
Full Moon Madness won this race in 2000 and has 15 wins in 37 starts, becoming a millionaire over the summer.
Excess Summer, a $3,500 Barretts purchase, strung three consecutive stakes wins this year before fading to ninth in the Oct. 25 Seabiscuit Stakes.Cee's Elegance Headlines Matron
Cee's Elegance will be spotting rivals anywhere from four to 11 pounds Saturday in the $150,000 CTT/TOC California Cup Matron Handicap for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles.
Cee's Elegance was fifth in the race a year ago at 5-1. She is by Cee's Tizzy, out of the Norcliffe mare Elegant Beauty, and was bred by Cecilia Straub-Rubens. She has wins in the A Gleam Handicap and B. Thoughtful Stakes with earnings of $744,039.
Super High, who won the race last year as the 8-5 favorite, is by High Brite, out of the Zanthe mare Image of Super, and was bred by owner Harris Farms. She has $474,848 in earnings, but her last win came a year ago. Since then, she has not hit the board in four races after returning from a fracture.
Bartok's Blithe won the Melair and Pleasanton Senorita Stakes, but has been idle since finishing fourth in the July 27 Fleet Treat Stakes. Juvenile Fillies Could Smile on Fortune
Del Mar yearling sale graduate House of Fortune and fellow local stakes winner She's Gottogetaway take on Arizona invader Bugsy Marrone in Saturday's $125,000 Robert H. Walter California Cup Juvenile Fillies at 1 1/16 miles.
House of Fortune, $125,000 Barretts purchase by Free House, won the Oct. 1 Cover Gal Stakes.
She's Gottogetaway won the Generous Portion Stakes and was third in the Cover Gal.
Bugsy Marrone has won five consecutive races, the last four at Turf Paradise by a total of 42 lengths. Juvenile Pits Don'tsellmeshort, P Town John
Stakes winners Don'tsellmeshort and P Town John lead a field of 10 entered in Saturday's $100,000 Budweiser California Cup Juvenile at 1 1/16 miles.
Don'tsellmeshort, winner of the Graduation Stakes and Barretts Juvenile and second by a nose in the I'm Smokin, is a $75,000 Barretts purchase and has banked $204,395 in earnings.
P Town John won the Beau Brummel Stakes and was second in the Cavonnier. He was a $30,000 Barretts 2-year-old purchase and a $12,500 Barretts yearling purchase.Shalini Tries to Go the Distance Again
Shalini, loser by a nose last year, will try the $100,000 TVG California Cup Distance Handicap again.
The daughter of Urgent Request has wins in the Pro or Con, Fran's Valentine and Valkyr handicaps, but has not run since the Valkyr win July 19. She will be spotting her 11 rivals anywhere from four to 11 pounds in the 1 1/4-mile turf race for fillies and mares. She lost the race a year ago in a head-bob to Nicole's Pursuit.
Valentine Dancer is coming off her biggest win in the Harold C. Ramser Sr. Handicap Oct. 12 and has $242,126 in earnings.
Amber Hills was 10th in the Juvenile Fillies last year at 4-1. She has wins in the California and Bay Meadows Oaks and the CTBA Marian Stakes, along with $230,230 in earnings.A Millionaire's Mile
Continental Red takes another shot at the million-dollar mark Saturday when he heads a contentious lineup that includes two-time winner Native Desert in the $175,000 John C. Mabee California Cup Mile Handicap.
Continental Red, a California champion, was second in the Cal Cup Classic last year at 9-2. He most recently was fourth in the Carleton F. Burke Handicap (gr. IIIT) Oct. 24. His career earnings are $982,558.
Spinelessjellyfish was second in the race last year as the lukewarm 7-2 favorite. He has $853,783 in career earnings on 10 wins in 40 starts. He was a $130,000 purchase at Barretts in a dispersal last year. He is by Skywalker, out of the Desert Wine mare Silky Sand Sammy, and was bred by Cardiff Farm Management.
Native Desert is a 10-year-old with 21 career wins (including this race in 1999 and 2001) and more than $1.8 million in earnings.
Menacing Dennis has $244,990 in earnings on four wins, and most recently was second in an Oct. 3 allowance.Sister Act in Distaff
Roberta's Mango will have to beat her sister Bold Roberta and Del Mar Yearling Sales graduate Centerofattention, among others, to win Saturday's $150,000 John Deere California Cup Distaff for fillies and mares at about 6 1/2 furlongs on the hillside turf course.
Roberta's Mango has won twice on the course and has $247,645 in earnings.
Bold Roberta is coming off consecutive wins in the Pio Pico and Las Madrinas handicaps and has earnings of $326,482.
Centerofattention has three stakes wins in her last four starts, most recently the Sept. 1 Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar.
Blind Ambition was second to Shalini in the Fran's Valentine, but has been off since winning a July 3 allowance.Sky Jack, Calkins Road Seek Return Wins in Classic
Past winners Sky Jack and Calkins Road meet in Saturday's renewal of the $250,000 California Cup Classic at Oak Tree at Santa Anita.
Sky Jack won the race in 2000. The winner of the Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) comes of a resounding 6 1/4 length win in the Longacres Mile (gr. III).
Calkins Road won the race last year at 10-1. But he has run only twice since, finishing seventh in a July 5 allowance and ninth in the Sept. 27 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap.
Hot Market was fifth in this race last year as the 5-2 second choice after rearing and being left in the gate. This is only his second race since that debacle and first in 10 months.
Tizbud is a full brother to champion Tiznow, millionaire Budroyale and Tizdubai. He is coming off a fourth in an Oct. 2 optional claimer and is looking for his first stakes win.
Grey Memo was fourth in the race last year as the 5-2 favorite. He is by Memo, out of the Snow Chief mare B. Mozelle, and was bred by co-owner Ridgeley Farm. He is winless since July, 2002, but was second in the Mar. 29 Godolphin Mile.
Also on Saturday's card are the $50,000 Cal Cup Starter Handicap and the $50,000 Starter Sprint.
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