04/29/2013 2:33PM

Hollywood Park notes: Surfcup could have graded stakes in future

Shigeki Kikkawa
Surfcup beats California-breds in the Snow Chief. The Grade 3 Affirmed and Grade 2 Swaps are logical next spots for him.

INGLEWOOD, Calif. - All four winners of the six-figure stakes at Hollywood Park on Saturday were homebreds.

The Stulls campaign two of the winners – Doinghardtimeagain and Curvy Cat.

William Ziering bred and owns Kate’s Event, while Donald Dizney is the owner-breeder of Surfcup, who won the $300,000 Snow Chief Stakes under Bejarano.

Surfcup is trained by Baffert. A colt by Unusual Heat, Surfcup has won 3 of 6 starts and $275,800.

There are two graded stakes for 3-year-olds at the spring-summer meeting that could suit Surfcup – the $100,000 Affirmed Handicap over 1 1/16 miles on June 2 and the $150,000 Swaps Stakes over 1 1/8 miles July 4.

Father rides against son

Jockey Agapito Delgadillo and his 17-year-old son, Jose, rode in the same race for the first time in Sunday’s ninth race.

They finished seventh and eighth in a field of 13, with Agapito’s Majestic Desert edging Jose’s mount, I’ll Run the Snow, by 1 3/4 lengths.

They were meant to compete against each other in Sunday’s second race, but Agapito’s mount, Circular Logic, was withdrawn during the post parade because of unsoundness.

Agapito Delgadillo, 46, is a veteran on this circuit. Jose Delgadillo rode previously at Golden Gate Fields. He began riding in January and has four career wins.

Group 1 winner in Europe makes U.S. debut

Lucayan, who won the Group 1 French 2000 Guineas last May, makes his California debut in an optional claimer over 1 1/16 miles on turf in Thursday’s fifth race.

Lucayan is trained by Neil Drysdale and owned by Ahmed Mouknass. The optional claimer will be the first start for Lucayan since an eighth in the Group 2 Daniel Wildenstein Stakes at Longchamp last October.

Espinoza will sit out Friday

Jockey Victor Espinoza will not ride Friday, serving the final day of a three-day suspension for causing interference at Santa Anita on April 20.

Espinoza was cited for his ride on Viva Carina in the Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap. She was ruled to have interfered with runner-up Lady of Shamrock and was demoted from first to second.

Espinoza’s suspension was scheduled to end Thursday, but was extended one day because he rode more than one race that is exempt from routine suspensions on the Gold Rush program.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Surfcup is not good enough to win a graded race. Winning a 300k race for cal bred 3 year olds does make a graded stakes performer. Those involved with this horse should thank their lucky stars they won this much money on this horse. Btw... Is anybody keeping score for Baffert? His record has been dismal since the Blood Horse article came out about his 7 horses dying of heart attacks?