06/16/2004 12:00AM

Della Francesca joins Dallas Turf Cup cast


The field for Saturday's $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star Park grew to seven Wednesday morning when Grade 2 winner Della Francesca pulled into the track's backstretch. The 1 1/8-mile race is the richest turf race of the meet. Other top contenders in the race include Warleigh, Waupaca, and Star Over the Bay.

Della Francesca invades from Kentucky, where in his last start he was fourth to Wando in an allowance at Keeneland on April 18. Last fall, Della Francesca registered his biggest career win when he captured the Grade 2 Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap at a 1 1/8 miles on turf at Belmont Park.

He vanned in from Louisville, Ky., home base for his trainer, Niall O'Callaghan. O'Callaghan said Eddie Martin Jr., the leading rider at Lone Star, will ride Della Francesca on Saturday.

O'Callaghan has had success shipping into Lone Star with horses. One of his biggest scores came with 7-1 shot Wiseman's Ferry in the 2002 running of the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby.

Della Francesca is weighted at 118 pounds for the Dallas Turf Cup, a pound fewer than starting highweight Warleigh. Others expected for the race are A to the Z, Agrivating General, and Maysville Slew.

Sea Dub, who was nominated to the Dallas Turf Cup, is being pointed for the $60,000 Independence Handicap at Louisiana Downs on July 4, said his trainer, Joe Petalino. In his last start, Sea Dub was third to Waupaca in the $50,000 Barksdale Handicap at Louisiana Downs.

Janeian: East or West?

Lone Star stakes winner Janeian worked a half-mile in 49.60 seconds Wednesday at Arlington Park, but could head to the coast for her next start. Which coast is what trainer Bret Calhoun is contemplating. He is looking at the $100,000 Dr. James Penny Memorial Handicap at Philadelphia Park on July 3, or the Grade 3, $100,000 Royal Heroine Stakes the same day at Hollywood Park.

Janeian came close to setting a course record at Lone Star when she won the $75,000 Irving Distaff. She followed that race with a good second-place finish to Academic Angel in the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff at Lone Star on May 31.

Canadian River, who won the $50,000 Harold V. Goodman Memorial for Calhoun on the WinStar undercard, might make his next start at Arlington in the $40,000 Native Dancer at a mile on dirt June 27.

Another win for Stall?

Trainer Al Stall Jr., coming off a big weekend at Louisiana Downs where his horses went four for five, will send out Akanti as one of the favorites in the featured 10th race Friday. Akanti will step into the optional claiming ranks after winning a $12,500 claimer by 6 1/2 lengths last out and earning a 91 Beyer Speed Figure.

That number is the highest last-race Beyer among all starters in the one-mile and 70-yard feature, which drew eight older horses. Leading rider Lonnie Meche has the mount on Akanti, who earlier this year ran second in an optional claimer at Fair Grounds.

Others of note in the race are Rush Around and Red Soldier, who has won his last two starts, both at Louisiana Downs.

Layoff for Hi Teck Man

Hi Teck Man, who won the $500,000 WinStar Derby at 46-1, has had surgery to remove a bone chip from an ankle and is getting some rest, said Calhoun. In his last start, Hi Teck Man finished a close fifth in the slop in the $75,000 Grand Prairie at Lone Star on April 24.