Crackup Works for Sunshine Dash

(from track report)
Great State Challenge Juvenile winner Crackup worked six furlongs at Santa Anita Wednesday morning on his first day as a 3-year-old in 1:14.40.

"We're pointing for the race at Gulfstream ($250,000 Sunshine Millions Dash for 3-year-olds at seven furlongs)," trainer Rafael Becerra said. "We still have another major work coming up six days from today at seven furlongs."

Jockey Tyler Baze, who has ridden Crackup in all five of his starts, including three victories, was aboard for the workout.

Trainer Frank Monteleone scratched Giovannetti from Wednesday's El Conejo Handicap (gr. III), but still is focused on the $250,000 Harris Farms Sprint for the Cal-bred son of Memo.

"There's an allowance race here for him Sunday," Monteleone said. "If we don't run there, we'll probably go right to the Sunshine Millions. That's been our objective all along."

Continental Red, winner of the Great State Challenge Classic at Sam Houston Park on Dec. 7, worked four furlongs Monday at Hollywood Park in :48.20 in preparation for the $1 million Ocala Breeders' Sales Classic at Gulfstream Park at 1 1/8 miles.

The Classic is the richest race on the inaugural $3.6 Sunshine Millions program on Jan. 25, pitting Florida-breds and California-breds in head-to-head competition in four events each at Santa Anita Park and Gulfstream Park.

"He's doing really well," trainer Ian Jory said of the 7-year-old gelded son of Flying Continental. "He's almost definitely going to go in the Sunshine Millions.

" I think Gulfstream's surface is similar to Houston's. I've raced a few horses at Gulfstream and I'm not too worried about the track. I think he'll like it."