04/02/2009 11:00PM

Florida Cup Day features six stakes


OLDSMAR, Fla. - Supporters of the Florida breeding industry will shoot for a lucrative payday here Saturday when the seventh annual Florida Cup Day will be held. The card includes six $85,000 statebred stakes.

The seven-furlong Ocala Breeders' Sales Sophomore Stakes will pit Bunker Hill, once beaten in four career starts, against Bee Cee Cee, who has finished third in both the Grade 2 Hutcheson and Spectacular Bid at Gulfstream Park this season. The Hilton Garden Inn Sprint will match Hypocrite, unbeaten in two outings this year, including the Sunshine State Stakes against statebreds at Gulfstream, against a strong field going six furlongs.

Bunker Hill will be making his 3-year-old debut for trainer Derek Ryan, who is also the conditioner of Tampa Bay Derby winner Musket Man. Bunker Hill won his career debut in a sprint at Monmouth Park, then came back to score a 13-1 upset in the Continental Mile Stakes, which was taken off the turf and moved to the main track.

Shipped to Delaware Park for the $100,000 Go for the Green Stakes, Bunker Hill changed tactics and rallied from just off the pace to gain a short lead in the 1 1/16-mile race. After being headed in the stretch he came back on late to best Aspiring Nick by a head.

He took on that same rival in the Dover, again at Delaware Park, and suffered his first defeat, losing by a nose to Aspiring Nick. Bunker Hill has been training forwardly for his first start since October, and Ryan has hopes this colt will join Musket Man as a player in the 3-year-old stakes ranks.

Bee Cee Cee, trained by Eddie Plesa Jr., rallied late to be third in both the Spectacular Bid to Notonthesamepage and the Hutcheson to Capt. Candyman Can. He broke slowly when a distant sixth in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth.

Golf Pal, unbeaten in two outings and a recent winner over the Tampa strip, deserves a look in the Sophomore along with Anythingyouwant, who comes into this race having won his last three over starter allowance company.

In the Sprint, Hypocrite will be turning back in distance off a win at Gulfstream and figures to be stalking the leaders under Manoel Cruz. He has used strong late rallies to win both of his starts this season, and looked to relish the Tampa surface when he rallied past the leaders for a 3 1/4-length win in the Super Stakes.

How's Your Halo upset the Grade 2 Richter Scale Stakes at 47-1 two races back at Gulfstream.

* Venerable Silver Tree, second in last year's edition of the Kinsman Turf Classic, will be back again Saturday. Now 9, Silver Tree will be making his first start since finishing sixth in the Tropical Park Turf at Calder in December. He will face Ruff and Ready, a fast-closing third last time out in the Tallahassee Stakes.

* Unbeaten and untested Snow Lass tops the Stonehedge Farm South Filly Sophomore Filly Stakes at seven furlongs. Trained by Lynn Scace, the Stormy Atlantic filly has had little trouble in her first two career outings, both here, and looks like a filly with a future.

* Scolara, who captured the Marion County Stakes at Gulfstream Park two races back and was fourth last time out in the Grade 3 Honey Fox, tops the field in the L & D Farm Turf Distaff at 1 1/16 miles.

* Tamborim, winner of the Appleton Juvenile Stakes at Calder last fall and fifth after being roughed up in the Hallandale Beach Stakes in his 3-year-old debut, tops an overflow field in the Dayton Andrews Dodge Sophomore Turf.