01/23/2011 5:56PM

All Florida-bred lineup for Sunshine Millions Classic

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The West Coast-based Cigar Man is among a field of 10 for the Sunshine Millions Classic.

A field of 10, all Florida-breds, was entered Sunday for the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic. The Classic is one of three Sunshine Millions races to be run at Gulfstream Park on Saturday, with three others to be run across the country at Santa Anita, headed by the $300,000 Turf,

The Sunshine Millions, which offers a total of $1.8 million in purses, is restricted to Florida-breds and California-breds but no Cal-breds were entered for the Classic.

First Dude drew the rail and will likely be favored in the 1 1/8-mile Classic in a field that also includes, in post position order, Duke of Mischief, Tackleberry, Black Hills, Birdrun, King Ghidorah, Cigar Man, Dry Martini, Dream Maestro, and Honour the Deputy.

Cigar Man has been stabled on the West Coast with trainer Vladimir Cerin, Honour the Deputy was recently purchased privately and turned over to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer after racing in the Mid-Atlantic region, while Black Hills will ship in from Sunland Park for the Classic. The other seven members of the field are all based in south Florida.

A full field of 14, plus one also-eligible, was drawn for the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf, to be run at 1 1/8 miles on the grass. Askbut I Won’ttell comes off a pair of graded stakes wins and will likely be the slight favorite in the wide-open event.

From the rail out, the starting lineup consists of Speak Easy Gal, Trip For A.J., Unbridled Essence, Scolara, Askbut I Won’ttell, Wild Mia, Granted Tiger, Omega Cat, Dynaslew, Becky’s Exchange, Romin Robin, Bran Jammas, Category Seven, and Honeymoon Girl. Jet Blue Girl is on the also-eligible list.

The $200,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint lured 11 to go six furlongs over the main track, topped by Grade 1 winner Jessica Is Back and Amen Hallelujah.

There is a Grade 1 winner in each of the three Sunshine Millions races at Santa Anita.

The two-time Grade 1 winners Presious Passion, a Florida-bred, and The Usual Q.T., a California-bred, are part of a strong field in the $300,000 Turf over 1 1/8 miles. Jeranimo, a Florida-bred, won the Grade 2 San Gabriel Handicap over the same course and distance on Dec. 27.

The California-bred Evening Jewel, who won the Grade 1 Ashland Stakes and Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks in 2010, will attempt to end a three-race losing streak in the $300,000 Distaff over 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Evening Jewel was fifth in the Grade 3 Monrovia Handicap for female turf sprinters on Jan. 2.

In the Distaff, which drew a field of nine, Evening Jewel must beat the California-based Florida-bred Briecat, who has won stakes at Hollywood Park and Delta Downs in her last two starts, and the California-bred Ultra Blend, who has won stakes in three of her last five starts.

Cost of Freedom, the winner of the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes in 2008, will be after his fourth consecutive stakes win in the $200,000 Sprint over six furlongs. Trained by John Sadler for Gary and Cecil Barber, Cost of Freedom, a California-bred, won the Miles Tyson Stakes over five furlongs at Hollywood Park on Dec. 11 in his last start, earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 115.

Cost of Freedom, 8, is part of a field of eight that includes the stakes winners Cayambe, Dance with Gable, Excessive Passion, and Quick Enough.

-- additional reporting by Steve Andersen