07/01/2002 11:00PM

Dollar Bill would make Gold Cup field five

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Longshot turf claimer Macaneo has been added to a small field of definite starters for the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup on July 14, while Kentucky-based Dollar Bill is also being considered. Runner-up to Street Cry in the Stephen Foster, Dollar Bill will have his plans finalized after a Saturday work, according trainer Dallas Stewart. Regarding the possibility of shipping to California for the Gold Cup, Stewart said Tuesday: "We're kicking it around. We'll see how the horse is doing. I'd say it's better than 50-50."

If Dollar Bill starts, the Gold Cup will have five runners. Local contenders Milwaukee Brew, Sky Jack, and Momentum are confirmed. Macaneo, winner of a $62,500 claiming race on turf in his last start June 23, was made eligible by supplemental payment of $12,500 on Sunday. Trainer Roger Stein said two key factors led to the decision:

There are four confirmed horses in the race, and fourth place is worth $45,000, he noted.

Macaneo "trains like a monster on dirt," Stein said. "I've been wanting to try him on dirt, but there hasn't been a race to try. It's a total experiment - we put up $20,000" in total fees, "and get back $45,000."

Macaneo's owners - Marshall Kadner, Robert Alperson and Nate Friedman - claimed Macaneo from Darrell Vienna for $50,000 in his U.S. debut April 8. He has made four starts for his new connections, winning his last two while racing for claiming prices of $50,000 and $62,500. Imported from Argentina, the 5-year-old will enter the Gold Cup having won eight of 15 overall and four of eight on dirt. Laffit Pincay Jr. rode Macaneo to successive wins on grass, but Pincay is committed to Sky Jack in the Gold Cup. No rider has been chosen for Macaneo.

War Emblem looking sharp to Baffert

War Emblem worked a half-mile Tuesday at Santa Anita, and trainer Bob Baffert said the colt continues to surprise him. "Of all my horses who went through the Triple Crown. . . this horse looks great," Baffert said. War Emblem worked in 48 seconds, breezing.

"He looks sharp, he wants to do more," Baffert said. "He's such an athlete." Baffert said War Emblem's next start had not been determined. Possibilities include the $1 million Haskell at Monmouth or the $500,000 Jim Dandy at Saratoga, both on Aug. 4.

Speedy young trio to meet in Juvenile

The meet's three fastest 2-year-olds are on a collision course for the Grade 3 Hollywood Juvenile on July 20. Kafawin, who earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 94 winning a maiden race June 22, is likely to face Jury Box (who ran a Beyer of 93 on Sunday), and Crowned Dancer (92 on May 26). Kafawin will be one of two Bob Baffert-trained 2-year-olds to run in the Juvenile. Baffert may also start California-bred Chief Planner.

While plans for Jury Box are unconfirmed, his 11-length maiden win on Sunday was the most lopsided score of the meet by a 2-year-old, and he would be no worse than second choice in the Juvenile. Crowned Dancer, who floundered at 3-10 in the Haggin Stakes, is back in the Juvenile picture, according to trainer Chris Paasch.

Meanwhile, Haggin winner Oberwald turned in a sharp six-furlong work Tuesday for trainer Mike Harrington. Breaking off five lengths behind, Oberwald caught and passed a workmate, getting the distance in 1:13.60. One colt who will not be running in the Juvenile is Gentlemen's Club, who is nursing sore shins and waiting for Del Mar.

Kona Gold heads Triple Bend

Kona Gold worked three furlongs, last Saturday at Santa Anita and will be favored Saturday in the Grade 2 Triple Bend Handicap at seven furlongs. Kona Gold was timed in 35 seconds, breezing, tied for the fastest three-furlong work of the morning. Kona Gold will carry 126 pounds against Mellow Fellow, Aldebaran, Ki Love Silver, Grey Memo, and Disturbingthepeace. Most of the runners are closers.

"There's no pace - it would have been a good spot for Squirtle Squirt," trainer Bobby Frankel said. Squirtle Squirt has been trotting regularly at Santa Anita and will ship to Hollywood next week to resume serious training. Squirtle Squirt had chips taken out of his knee, and Frankel said the intense workhorse will require very little time to prepare for a comeback. "The way he trains, you probably could run him after four breezes," he said.

Frankel has pair for Sunset

Super Quercus and Lord Flashheart, one-three finishers in a classified allowance on Sunday, are both being pointed for the Grade 2 Sunset Handicap on closing day, July 21. Trainer Bobby Frankel said both came out of the race well. The $250,000 Sunset is run over a mile and a half on grass.

Mizzen Mast worked six furlongs Monday in 1:12.20. "He looked like he went in 1:14 - he was just galloping," Frankel said. "It'll be exciting to see him run in the San Diego" on Aug. 4 at Del Mar and Pacific Classic.

* Go Go worked five furlongs Tuesday in 1:01, and is confirmed for the $75,000 Great Lady M. Handicap on Sunday.