07/07/2002 11:00PM

Dollar Bill to ship for Gold Cup

Email

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Dollar Bill, a veteran of the 2001 Triple Crown who has not won a stakes in more than 16 months, will give the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup some national flavor when he makes his California debut next Sunday.

Dollar Bill was added to the field over the weekend after he worked a half-mile in 48.40 seconds on Sunday at Churchill Downs. A winner of 4 of 16 starts and $1,012,546 for owners Gary and Mary West and trainer Dallas Stewart, Dollar Bill will be the lone shipper for the Gold Cup, which is run over 1 1/4 miles, and is expected to draw six starters.

Dollar Bill will be ridden by Mark Guidry, who was aboard for the workout as well as for the colt's last start, a second to Street Cry in the Stephen Foster Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 15. The Foster was Dollar Bill's eighth loss in a stakes dating back to the Risen Star at Fair Grounds in February 2001. Dollar Bill did win an allowance race at Fair Grounds last February in his first start of 2002.

Last year, Dollar Bill was third in the Travers Stakes and Blue Grass Stakes, but did not finish in the top three in the Triple Crown.

"I think sooner or later, he's going to get one of these big ones," Stewart said. Dollar Bill faces five locals, ranging in ability from Milwaukee Brew, the winner of the Santa Anita Handicap last March, to Macaneo, an Argentine-bred who has won two consecutive claiming races on turf. Momentum, Out of Mind, and Sky Jack are also probable.

Sky Jack worked a half-mile in 58.60 seconds on Saturday, the second fastest of 69 recorded works at the distance. The winner of the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap on May 12, Sky Jack was held out of the Californian Stakes on June 15 in favor of the Gold Cup.

"It was a no-brainer to give him a lot of time between starts," said trainer Doug O'Neill. "The fact that the Californian came up with such a large field made it easier."

Sky Jack is trying 1 1/4 miles for the second time. In March he finished last of 14 in the Santa Anita Handicap with the benefit of only one prep race after a 14-month break for knee and colic surgery.

"It was my decision to start in that race and an ambitious one," O'Neill said. "To think he could have run in a Grade 1 race off one race and a layoff didn't make much sense."

Two other six-figure races on Gold Cup card

The Gold Cup is the richest race of the meeting and part of a Sunday card that includes the $500,000 Swaps Stakes for 3-year-olds and the $200,000 A Gleam Handicap for female sprinters.

Came Home, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby, will be favored in the Swaps against Battler Bob, Fonz's, Like a Hero, Sugar Babe , and Tracemark.

The A Gleam, at seven furlongs, includes Collect Call, Irgun's Angel, Kalookan Queen, Palmarola, Queen of Wilshire, Rolly Polly, Se Me Acabo, Secret Liaison, Skywriting, and Song of Summer.

Canani father and son show off their stables

In consecutive races on Sunday, trainer Nick Canani and his father Julio scored with horses who are expected to be a factor in stakes in coming months.

In the fifth race, Nick Canani saddled first-time starter Voodoo's Sister to an upset win in a five-furlong maiden race for 2-year-olds. Voodoo's Sister ($49.20) rallied wide to win by 2 1/2 lengths, avoiding the trouble on the backstretch that bothered many starters. "She's been a superstar in the morning," Nick Canani said.

Owned by Everest Stable, Voodoo's Sister is a half-sister to Voodoo, who was second in the Carter Handicap earlier this year at Aqueduct.

One race later, Julio Canani's Special Ring won a one-mile allowance race on turf by 3 1/2 lengths in 1:32.91. Julio Canani said Special Ring will be pointed for the Atto Mile at Woodbine in September.

Godolphin no doubt loves Inamorato

Godolphin Racing had its first California winner of 2002 Saturday: Inamorato, who rallied from seventh to win a maiden special weight for 2-year-olds. A first-time starter ridden by Alex Solis, Inamorato won by a half-length over 35-1 Outta Here, and ran the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.24.

"He's already trained like a horse that wants to go long and not sprint," trainer Eoin Harty said.

Harty said Inamorato next objective is the $150,000 Best Pal Stakes on Aug. 21. Last year, the Godolphin 2-year-olds in California included Tempera, the champion filly.

Disturbingthepeace makes big splash

Last summer, owner David Milch bought five horses from owner-breeder Bud Johnston - Above Perfection, who has since become a graded stakes winner and four others.

One of the last horses added to the deal, Disturbingthepeace has turned out to be as productive as Above Perfection. A 4-year-old gelding, Disturbingthepeace scored his fourth consecutive win and first in a stakes in Saturday's $300,000 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap.

"He was an afterthought in the consignment," Milch said.

The purchase price of the quintet was not disclosed, but the value of Above Perfection is considerable, following her three stakes wins earlier this year, including the Grade 3 Las Flores Handicap at Santa Anita.

She is currently on the sidelines after suffering a minor injury, but will return to training later this year. In the meantime, Disturbingthepeace has become a pleasant surprise for Milch even if the suggestion to start in a Triple Bend was a bit of a shocking idea from trainer Darrell Vienna.

"David had enough confidence to listen to my craziness to run in this spot," Vienna said.

Super High cashes in on favorable pace

The suspense was getting to trainer Carla Gaines as she watched Super High lead into the stretch of Friday's $100,000 Flawlessly Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

"I was thinking, where is the wire?" Gaines said. "It's got to be there somewhere."

Super High kept her lead and won by a neck over runner-up Carinae. The early pace was the difference. Super High went the first-half mile in 48.84 seconds and the second half in 46.67 seconds, finishing a mile on turf in 1:35.51.

"She came up with so many different bursts in the race," Gaines said. "I'm sure it's because she got an easy half-mile."

Owned by Harris Farms, Super High is bound for Del Mar, where she may start in the San Clemente Handicap for 3-year-old fillies over a mile on turf on Aug. 3.

"I would say this race was exceeding my expectation," Gaines said of the Flawlessly. "I think she might be a little better on the grass."

Tiznow's brother defeated in debut

Tizbud, a full-brother to two-time Breeders' Cup Classic winner Tiznow, finished third in his career debut on Sunday. A 3-year-old trained by John Sadler, Tizbud finished four lengths behind Juan ($31).

According to co-owner Michael Cooper, Tizbud will reappear in a longer maiden race.

"It was kind of what we expected," Cooper said. "A big, long-striding horse is not going to get six furlongs too many times."

Tiznow was retired to stud last fall after winning 8 of 15 starts and $6,427,830. He stands at stud in Kentucky where he has gotten 114 mares in foal, Cooper said.

Farda Amiga works, eyes return

Farda Amiga, unraced since her upset win in the Kentucky Oaks on May 3, worked a half-mile in 52.40 on Saturday. The workout was her first major exercise since returning to training following an illness after the Oaks.

Trained by P.H. Lobo, Farda Amiga is being pointed for the $750,000 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 17.

Delahoussaye booked to ride Wednesday

Jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, who missed last week because of an infection that caused swelling in his face, is booked on three mounts on Wednesday's card.

His absence was especially costly on Sunday when Go Go, Delahoussaye's mount in the Great Lady M Handicap, won under Matt Garcia.