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Nor Cal Trainers Set to Compete in 21st Cal Cup
Golden Gate Fields-based trainers Steve Specht, Steve Sherman, Jerry Hollendorfer, Andy Mathis, William J. Morey, Jr. and Steve Miyadi will all have horses running in the 21st edition of the California Cup at Hollywood Park Saturday.
The $700,000 California Cup program features seven stakes races restricted to horses bred in California. Specht will be competing in two of the races as he’ll send out defending champion Lady Railrider in the $100,000 TOC/CTT Matron and Luckarack in the $75,000 Bob Benoit Juvenile.
Lady Railrider came from just off the pace to win last year’s Matron by 1 3/4 lengths under jockey Frank Alvarado, who will be back aboard the 5-year-old mare Saturday. Alvarado will also ride Luckarack, a 2-year-old colt who has three wins in four career starts.
Sherman will try to win the first race on the card, the $100,000 Don Valpredo Sprint, with his talented 3-year-old gelding Goggles McCoy. Russell Baze will ride Goggles McCoy, who has been victorious in four of his five career races.
Hollendorfer and Mathis will saddle U R All That I Am and Ms. G. I. Jane, respectively, in the $100,000 John Deere Distaff, which will be run on the turf. U R All That I Am is 9-for-19 and is coming off a wire-to-wire win in the E. B. Johnston Stakes at Fairplex Park. Ms. G. I. Jane has finished in the money in eight of her 12 starts on grass.
Morey will try to score an upset in the $100,000 John C. Mabee Mile with Jiggly, a
5-year-old gelding who has earned $164,054 in 16 career starts. Jiggly ran second to the very tough Restless Youth in the Sam J. Whiting Handicap at Pleasanton in July.
Miyadi will send out Bluegrass Reward in the Bob Benoit Juvenile. Baze will ride Bluegrass Reward, who finished fourth in the Angel Island Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on Sept. 11.
Post time for the California Cup program is 1 p.m. and Golden Gate Fields will simulcast the entire card. Golden Gate Fields will present a nine-race card of its own and post time for the first local event is 12:45 p.m.