06/20/2010 11:00PM

Kinsale King staying in England for now


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - California-based Kinsale King will remain in England for the Group 1 July Cup at Newmarket on July 9 following his third-place finish in the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot last Saturday, trainer Carl O'Callaghan said.

This week, O'Callaghan is focusing on winning his first stakes in the United States since January when Princess Haya starts in the $100,000 Beverly Hills Handicap for fillies and mares on turf on Saturday.

Princess Haya was fifth in the Grade 3 Wilshire Handicap on May 1 but last of seven in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes here on May 29.

"She had a lung infection in her last race, and we've got that cleared up," O'Callaghan said by phone from England on Sunday.

Owned by Eileen Hartis, Princess Haya is best known for winning the Grade 2 Canadian Stakes at Woodbine last fall when trained by Michael Matz.

In the Grade 3 Beverly Hills Handicap, Princess Haya will be part of a field that lacks a standout. Division leader Tuscan Evening, the winner of five stakes on turf this year, is unlikely to start. The probable starters include Cat by the Tale, General Consensus, Lady Francesca, Pretty Katherine, and Restless Soul.

Cat by the Tale won the Grade 2 San Gorgonio Handicap at Santa Anita in January and has placed in two stakes at this meeting, including a third in the Gamely Stakes.

O'Callaghan said on Sunday that Kinsale King emerged from the Golden Jubilee "bouncing." Owned by Patrick Sheehy, Kinsale King made his turf debut in the Golden Jubilee over six furlongs on turf. The race was his first start since winning the $2 million Golden Shaheen on a synthetic track in Dubai in March.

Kinsale King finished 1 3/4 lengths behind winner Starspangledbanner in the field of 24. In January, Kinsale King won the Palos Verdes Handicap at Santa Anita.

Golden Itiz right on track

The progression that Golden Itiz displayed going from a maiden race winner in March to winning the Grade 3 Affirmed Handicap on Saturday in three consecutive starts was exactly what owners Mace and Samantha Siegel and trainer Ron Ellis had hoped to see back in the spring.

It is not very often that such ideas go as planned in racing. "Everything has worked out for him just right," Ellis said.

Golden Itiz won his stakes debut in the Affirmed, running down Skipshot to win the race over 1 1/16 miles by a half-length. It was the sternest test of Golden Itiz's four-race career, and has led Ellis to plan for more lucrative and prestigious races this summer.

The plan is for a start in the $200,000 Swaps Stakes over 1 1/8 miles here on July 17, followed by a possible run in the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga over 1 1/4 miles on Aug. 28.

Before any transcontinental trips are booked, Golden Itiz must fare well in the Swaps, which will be his first test against California-based 3-year-olds who were part of the Triple Crown. The race is expected to draw Sidney's Candy, the winner of the Santa Anita Derby who finished 17th in the Kentucky Derby.

Sunday, Sidney's Candy worked six furlongs in 1:11.60, the fastest works at the distance and an exercise that Sadler, his trainer, described as "brilliant."

Golden Itiz should have no problem with the Swaps distance, considering the way he finished the Affirmed.

"He'll get tested," Ellis said. "I know Sidney's Candy is pointing for that. It will be a different ballgame."

In advance of the Affirmed, Ellis worried that Golden Itiz gained little from an easy 11 1/4-length win on April 28. That was not a concern after the Affirmed, when he rallied from fourth between horses in the final furlong.

"He did learn a lot," Ellis said. "He got a good schooling."

John Bucalo, former trainer, dies

John Bucalo, a former trainer in Southern California, died on Saturday of natural causes, according to his son, John Bucalo Jr.

Bucalo died at his home in Baldwin Park, Calif. He was 93.

Bucalo trained such notable runners as Noble Bronze, the winner of a division of the 1977 Hollywood Juvenile. Affirmed won the other division that year. Bucalo also trained Montmartre, who won a division of the 1975 American Handicap, and Princess Toby, who won the 1979 Osunitas Stakes. He also trained the stakes winner Tobin Rose.

Even though John Bucalo had been fighting health problems in recent years, he still followed the sport avidly. "He just loved the game," his son said.

Bucalo began his racing career as a jockey, once beating Eddie Arcaro in a race his son recalled on Sunday.

Funeral services will be private.