10/26/2010 1:47PM

Cost of Freedom to go in Cal Cup Sprint, not BC

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Cost of Fredom, Tyler Baze up, wins the Los Angeles Handicap.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Cost of Freedom will start in Saturday’s $100,000 California Cup Sprint at Hollywood Park and not the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 6, according to trainer John Sadler.

Following a fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes at Hollywood Park on Oct. 9, Sadler and owners Gary and Cecil Barber considered both races, but have opted for the easier spot. The final decision was made on Monday, the day pre-entries for the Breeders’ Cup were due, Sadler said.

“He’s been working fantastic, but we decided to play it conservative,” Sadler said.

A 7-year-old gelding, Cost of Freedom was third, beaten a head, in the 2009 BC Sprint, but has only one stakes win in four stakes starts this year, the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap at Hollywood Park in June. Sadler said that another factor in choosing the Cal Cup was Cost of Freedom’s age, “although it’s not a monster [BC] Sprint in my mind.”

The Cal Cup Sprint will not include defending champion Dancing in Silks. Winless in four starts since an upset victory in the 2009 BC Sprint, Dancing in Silks was withdrawn from consideration for the upcoming BC Sprint last week by trainer Carla Gaines and owner Ken Kinakin. Tuesday, Gaines indicated that Dancing in Silks will miss Saturday’s Cal Cup Sprint as well.

Soul Candy seeks breakthrough in Cal Cup

The richest race on Saturday’s Cal Cup program is the $150,000 Classic over 1 1/8 miles on the Cushion Track synthetic surface. The Classic will be the first statebred stakes appearance for Soul Candy, who began the year as a maiden.

Trained by Paddy Gallagher for breeder Madera Thoroughbreds and E Z Eight Racing Stable, Soul Candy is seeking his first stakes win in a field led by Enriched, the winner of the Grade 2 Del Mar Mile on turf on Aug. 28. Other probable starters are Cayambe, Low Gear Power, Mobilized, and Unusual Suspect.

Soul Candy was fifth, beaten three lengths, in his stakes debut, the Grade 2 Del Mar Handicap over 1 3/8 miles on turf on Aug. 29. He won his two preceding starts, an optional claimer against statebreds in May at Hollywood Park and an optional claimer against open company at Del Mar on July 22.

The Cal Cup Classic will be Soul Candy’s first start on the synthetic main track, though he trains on the surface regularly, Gallagher said. “He’s trained well on it and we’ve got to give it a try,” Gallagher said. “He didn’t get beat too far the other day.”

The race lacks a few of the leading California-bred males, such as The Usual Q. T., who won the Grade 1 Eddie Read Stakes on turf at Del Mar in July, and Alphie’s Bet, the 3-year-old who won the Snow Chief Stakes for statebreds in April. The Usual Q. T. is being pointed for the BC Mile, while Alphie’s Bet has been sidelined by a bone chip in a knee.

Garcia to ride Kinsale King

Kinsale King will be ridden by Martin Garcia in the BC Sprint, trainer Carl O’Callaghan said on Tuesday.

Kinsale King was ridden by Garrett Gomez when he won the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai in March, but Gomez will ride Supreme Summit, who was second in the Ancient Title Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 9, in the BC Sprint, trainer Mike Puype said.

* Romp, the winner of a first-condition allowance race at Hollywood Park on Oct. 21, was pre-entered earlier this week for the BC Marathon on Nov. 5, according to trainer Kristin Mulhall.

After the Oct. 21 race, Mulhall was skeptical whether Romp would be pre-entered, citing concern about whether the 6-year-old would retain his weight. Romp, who will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano, will be an outsider in the BC Marathon, which is run over 1 3/4 miles on the main track.

“He didn’t lose any more weight,” she said. “The owners consider it a once-in-a-lifetime situation and they want to do it. He galloped really well [on Monday]. He’s eating everything.”

* Zenyatta was exercised on Hollywood Park’s main track on Tuesday morning, moving ever closer to a defense of her title in the BC Classic on Nov. 6. Zenyatta jogged and galloped approximately 1 3/4 miles, and galloped most of that distance, trainer John Shirreffs said.