Popular Sky Jack Wins, O'Neill Checks Options

Ren-Mar Thoroughbreds' popular homebred Sky Jack, who won for the first time since capturing last year's Hollywood Gold Cup (gr. I) in Saturday's sixth race at Hollywood Park, was in good shape Sunday morning, trainer Doug O'Neill said.

The 7-year-old son of Jacklin Klugman is being pointed to the Nov. 8 Cal Cup Classic at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting, a race he won by 4 ½ lengths in 2000.

"I don't know if he'll run before the Cal Cup or not. His owners really don't like Del Mar, so he won't even go there; he'll stay up here at Santa Anita and train. So unless we ship him, that's where he'll run next. We'll look around and see if there's a handicap somewhere he can ship and run in between now and then, though.

"He's doing great today," O'Neill said. "It was great to see him win again. I was a little worried because he got pressured all the way around, but it worked out well."

Sky Jack, who is undefeated in six starts over Hollywood Park's main track, ran his career record to 17-9-2-2 for earnings of $977,627 with Saturday's two-length, wire-to-wire allowance win.

In addition to the Gold Cup, the gray son of Jaklin Klugman won the Mervyn Le Roy Handicap (gr. II) last year.