06/23/2009 12:00AM

Bullsbay to ship west for Gold Cup

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Barbara D. Livingston
Bullsbay, winner of the Grade 3 Alysheba at Churchill Downs in May, will ship to California to run in the Hollywood Gold Cup on July 11.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Bullsbay, the winner of the Grade 3 Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs last month, is being pointed for the $700,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 11, trainer Graham Motion said on Tuesday.

Motion, who is based in Maryland and had a division in California from last summer until April, said he is planning to send a small team to California in coming weeks. The group is expected to include the older sprinter Rebellion, a candidate for the $300,000 Triple Bend Handicap on July 5, and the 3-year-old filly Saucey Evening, who will race at Del Mar.

Bullsbay won the Alysheba on May 1, then finished in a dead heat for fourth in the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 13. Bullsbay has won 6 of 16 starts and $360,943.

"I like the timing from the Stephen Foster," Motion said. "I don't mind the mile and a quarter. I'd say I'm strongly considering it. If he runs well, we may keep him [in California] for Del Mar."

The Gold Cup lacks a standout runner, and is expected to draw a large field. The probable starters include Informed, Rail Trip, Dakota Phone, and Song of Navarone, the first four finishers in the Californian Stakes on June 13; Tres Borrachos, who won the Swaps Stakes last summer; Mast Track, the 2008 Gold Cup winner; and the 4-year-old filly Life Is Sweet, who won the Grade 1 Santa Margarita Handicap at Santa Anita earlier this year.

Well Monied gets an Oaks invite

Well Monied, who won the Grade 2 Honeymoon Handicap on May 31 in her stakes debut, is one of five graded stakes winners invited to the $700,000 American Oaks at Hollywood Park on July 5.

The Grade 1 American Oaks, run at 1 1/4 miles on turf, annually brings together 3-year-old fillies from throughout the nation as well as a few foreign runners.

Well Monied, trained by Howard Zucker for C.T. Grether, is the most prominent of six locally based fillies, a group that includes the second- through fourth-place finishers of the Honeymoon - Acting Lady, Lexlenos, and Century Park.

Mrs Kipling, the winner of the Senorita Stakes at Hollywood Park on May 3, and Third Dawn, third in the Hollywood Oaks on June 7, are the other Southern California fillies that were invited.

Four fillies from other American circuits are candidates: Afternoon Stroll, the winner of the Appalachian Stakes at Keeneland in April; Gozzip Girl and Magical Affair, first and fourth in the Sands Point Stakes at Belmont Park on May 30; and The Best Day Ever, who was second in the Regret Stakes at Churchill Downs on June 13.

The four foreign fillies invited are Dance Pass and Rare Ransom from Ireland, Puttanesca from New Zealand, and Apple Charlotte, a stakes winner in England in May.

Toque de Queda has been inconsistent

Toque de Queda, the 5-year-old mare trained by Bobby Frankel, has shown glimpses of stakes form in her four starts in the United States. The problem is she has alternated those races with disappointing performances.

In her last two starts, Toque de Queda was a troubled third in the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap at Santa Anita on April 18 and sixth in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes here on May 30.

Those results can rightfully leave bettors unsure what to expect in Sunday's $150,000 Beverly Hills Handicap.

Toque de Queda was beaten only 1 3/4 lengths by winner Magical Fantasy in the Gamely, and had an excuse, according to Humberto Ascanio, Frankel's assistant trainer.

"She looked good at the head of the stretch," Ascanio said. "When the hole opened, she couldn't get a hold of the track."

Toque de Queda has won 2 of 14 starts and $228,594, but is winless in four starts on this continent, all stakes.

Despite her loss in the Gamely, Toque de Queda will attract support in the Beverly Hills, which is run at 1 1/4 miles on turf. The race is led by defending champion Black Mamba, and is expected to include Charming Legacy, Hot n' Dusty, Lemon Chiffon, Restless Soul, and You Lift Me Up.

Hot n' Dusty will also be entered for Saturday's $300,000 Vanity Handicap, but would have to face reigning older female champion Zenyatta in that Grade 1 race on the main track.