10/28/2002 12:00AM

Action-packed weekend


ARCADIA, Calif. - California Cup XIII - a 10-race, $1.3 million extravaganza Saturday for California-breds - highlights closing week of the Oak Tree meet at Santa Anita. The autumn meet ends Sunday with two graded stakes on turf - the Grade 2 Las Palmas for fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles, and the Grade 3 Morvich Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs on the downhill course.

A $1 million guaranteed pick six pool will be offered on Saturday's card, headed by the $250,000 Cal Cup Classic Handicap at 1 1/8 miles. Graded stakes winners Grey Memo and Continental Red top the expected field, while front-runner Hot Market threatens to steal the race.

Grey Memo is 7 for 38 lifetime, but 11 starts at Santa Anita have netted just four third-place finishes. Continental Red has earned his reputation on turf. He has earned $568,288 in 28 starts on grass; just $92,565 from 16 starts on dirt. The vulnerability of Grey Memo and Continental Red invites the possibility of Hot Market stealing the Classic. Other expected starters are Bonus Pay Day, Calkins Road, Eric Da Bomb, Long Gone Con, and Slippery When Bet.

Spinelessjellyfish will add blinkers when he starts as one of the favorites in the $175,000 Cal Cup Mile Handicap on turf. His trainer, Jenine Sahadi, said, "He seems to be more aggressive finishing with blinkers. It makes him a little more focused." Spinelessjellyfish won nine of his first 22, but lost nine straight after blinkers were removed. The 6-year-old finished second in last year's Cal Cup Mile. Others expected to start include Adminniestrator, Flying Rudolph, Dixie Law, Joey Franco, Lennyfromalibu, Turkish Prize, and Waingarth.

The $150,000 Cal Cup Sprint, annually one of the strongest races on the Cal Cup card, will attract 9-year-old graded stakes winner Men's Exclusive; 14-for-31 Rio Oro; and streaking Stoney, who has won four straight. Others expected in the six-furlong race are McCordnskuba, Ride and Shine, and Stormy Jack.

Bear Fan, possibly the most brilliant Cal Cup nominee, has her pick of three races. A 3-year-old daughter of Pine Bluff, she has won all three of her starts by a combined 16 1/2 lengths. Trainer Wesley Ward will decide this week whether Bear Fan starts in the $150,000 Distaff at 6 1/2 furlongs on turf, the $150,000 Sprint vs. males, or the $150,000 Matron for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles. Ward is leaning toward the Distaff.

Excessive Angi passing on Cup

Excessive Angi, a 3-year-old California-bred filly, was not nominated to the Cal Cup. Instead, she will race a mile on turf in the race 7 feature on Wednesday. A field of seven 3-year-old fillies entered the $62,500 claiming race, and if Excessive Angi duplicates her most recent start she should be difficult to beat. Excessive Angi pressed a hot pace in a restricted stakes at Fairplex Park, and held second while seven lengths clear of third.

Trained by Jeff Mullins, Excessive Angi (by In Excess) will be trying grass for the first time Wednesday, and will face a moderate field that includes Magical Nature, third under similar conditions last time; Forty on Line, a graded stakes winner as a 2-year-old and runner-up in her Sept. 15 comeback at Bay Meadows; and Cease Span, who will contest the pace.

* Bobby Frankel-trained European imports Gotdream and Chope Mockery finished one-two Friday in the $50,000 Hidden Light Stakes for 2-year-old fillies, earning spots in the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes Nov. 29 at Hollywood. Gotdream won the Hidden Light - a mile turf race - by a length over Chope Mockery. Major Idea, the 3-2 favorite, was blocked through the lane and finished third. Gotdream, ridden by Corey Nakatani, paid $10.80 and ran the mile in 1:37.10.

* Two talented colts - Man Among Men and Peace Rules - will be co-favorites Nov. 30 in the Grade 3 Generous Stakes, after finishing one-two Thursday in the $50,000 Pinjara Stakes for 2-year-olds. Man Among Men was up by a head in the mile turf race, timed in a blazing 1:34.64. Peace Rules finished eight lengths clear of third. Man Among Men, trained by Gary Mandella, paid $4.20.