07/05/2009 11:00PM

Baker's dozen expected for Hollywood Gold Cup


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The absence of a standout older horse in California will lead to a large field in Saturday's $700,000 Hollywood Gold Cup.

As of Monday, there were 13 probable starters, and their weight assignments reflect the lack of a division leader. Parading, the winner of the Ben Ali and Dixie stakes in the spring, is the 119-pound topweight, one more than Bullsbay, the winner of the Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs in May; Champs Elysees, the runner-up in the Santa Anita Handicap in March; and Life Is Sweet, the 4-year-old filly who won the Santa Margarita Handicap in March.

Life Is Sweet, trained by John Shirreffs, received a five-pound sex allowance, which means she effectively carries top weight of 123 pounds.

The other weight assignments for the expected runners are Informed and Song at Navarone, at 117 pounds; Awesome Gem, Dakota Phone and Rail Trip, at 116; Big Booster and Magnum, at 115; and Mast Track and Tres Borrachos, at 114 pounds.

Parading, Bullsbay, and Champs Elysees made their last start on other circuits. Parading, trained by Shug McGaughey, won the Dixie Stakes at Pimlico in May. Bullsbay was fourth in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs. Champs Elysees was seventh in the Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland in April, and has been based with trainer Bobby Frankel's stable in New York in recent weeks.

Frankel also will start defending champion Mast Track in an attempt to win the Gold Cup for the fourth time. Owned by Frankel, Mast Track was a candidate for the Grade 2 Californian Stakes last month, but was scratched after he failed to eat regularly after a plane flight from New York.

In his most recent start, Mast Track was seventh in the Charles Town Classic in West Virginia in April. In recent weeks, Mast Track has worked under jockey David Flores at Santa Anita.

"Flores has worked him the last two times and he's very happy," said Frankel's assistant trainer Humberto Ascanio.

Surface switch for Monterey Jazz?

Monterey Jazz, who has revived his career with consecutive wins on turf at this meeting, including the Grade 2 American Handicap on Saturday, could revert to the main track for his next start.

Sunday, trainer Craig Dollase said Monterey Jazz will be considered for the Grade 3 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs on Aug. 16. If Monterey Jazz starts at Del Mar, one possibility is the $350,000 Eddie Read Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on turf on July 25.

"The timing is good," Dollase said. "We have options. I think he needs it fast and firm."

One pick six winner

Hollywood Park may need to aim a little higher with its final guaranteed pick six pool on Saturday's Gold Cup program.

Sunday, the track guaranteed the pick six pool would reach $300,000. Bettors poured in $604,793. The guaranteed figure was surpassed with approximately 10 minutes to post.

There was one winning ticket, worth $335,777. The winners of the pick six races were Temple City ($7.20), Going Forward ($8.60), Gozzip Girl ($6.40), Dapper Gene ($74.80), Zensational ($5.40), and Cali Girl ($19.20).

According to track officials, the winning ticket was a purchased at a Phoenix area offtrack betting restaurant for $576. The guaranteed pool for the Gold Cup program is also $300,000.