09/30/2008 11:00PM

An Anderson family double


ALBANY, Calif. - Days later, the feeling of euphoria remains at Aggie Ordonez's Golden Gate Fields barn.

Delightful Kiss, trained by her father, Pete Anderson, showed he was ready for his Breeders' Cup assignment, unleashing a strong kick to win the Grade 3 All American Stakes on Saturday. But the day was made even more special when Ordonez sent out Surely Temple for a $14 upset in the day's final race, giving her family a father-daughter double.

Delightful Kiss had already qualified for the 1 1/2-mile BC Marathon with a victory in the Turfway Park Fall Championship. After his impressive victory in the 1 1/8-mile All American, Anderson was asked about running in the 1 1/4-mile Breeders' Cup Classic instead, with its $5 million purse, rather than the $500,000 Marathon.

Anderson has been weighing his options but has pretty much decided on the Marathon.

"Sure, you think about $5 million, but I'd rather win than run second or third, even if the purse money were bigger for second or third," Anderson said. "It's a pleasant thought. I'd like to have this problem the next five years."

Anderson is not necessarily trying to duck Curlin, who earned a 111 Beyer Speed Figure in the Jockey Club Gold Cup, compared to Delightful Kiss's 96 in the All American, but he does recognize the Marathon will be an easier race. Delightful Kiss's off-the-pace style often works against him no matter what the distance, but Anderson says the horses that generally are asked to run marathon races are plodder types. Anderson knows the horse's style would make a race like the Classic difficult.

"He'd be at the mercy of the speed in front of him," Anderson said. "He'd have no dictation, no impact on how the race is run."

With the Marathon decision made, Anderson has only one other thing to work out at the Breeders' Cup. He'd like to invite Mickey Rooney to be his guest at the track that day.

"He was so nice to me when I was riding. We were pals," he said. "I'd like to do this for him because I respect him so much."

Father and daughter savor big day

The Anderson-Ordonez victories left father and daughter glowing Saturday.

"It was the best day I've ever had at the races," Ordonez said. "My dad won the stakes, and my little $4,000 filly came through. My dad was cheering louder for my horse than he was for his."

Anderson said he's seen family combinations win, but he said what made Saturday special is that Delightful Kiss is his only horse and Ordonez only has five runners in her stable.

"It would be different if we both had 40 horses, but that was quite an accomplishment," he said.

The result turned out nicely for Golden Gate Fields, which made the All American the feature race of its fall meeting and had hoped the race might attract possible Breeders' Cup candidates.

Baze off to blazing start

Jockey Russell Baze is already running away from the pack in the jockey standings. He rode five winners Sunday to lift his two-week total to 22.

Trainer Billy Morey had three winners Sunday to move into a tie at the top of the standings with Jerry Hollendorfer with nine wins. Baze rode Morey's first two winners Sunday, Big Red Tate and Candlestick Park. Baze's son-in-law Kyle Kaenel won with Morey's third winner, Mean Machine.

TOC meeting set for Saturday

The Thoroughbred Owners of California will conduct its annual Northern California meeting Saturday in the Bay View Room at Golden Gate Fields. The meeting begins at 10:30 a.m.

Following the meeting, the TOC Challenge - a members-only handicapping contest - will be held, with the winner going on to the 2009 Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas.