10/21/2003 11:00PM

Locals have vested interest in Cup


SAN MATEO, Calif. - What do Robert Bone and Jeffrey Diener of Sacramento, Calif., have in common with Ken Smole and Jane Conway of Mill Valley, Calif.?

Both northern California groups have a horse entered in Saturday's Breeders' Cup.

Bone and Diener own Captain Squire, who drew post 13 for the Sprint. Smole and Conway, who have had horses with Wally Dollase since 1997, are members of Horizon Stable, which own Classic starter Ten Most Wanted.

Ten Most Wanted and Captain Squire have additional local ties as they have each run in northern California.

Last year as a 3-year-old, Captain Squire set the pace before fading to seventh behind Yougottawanna and Danthebluegrassman in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. He was third in the California Derby at Bay Meadows after a stalking trip, but has run primarily in sprints since then.

His best effort came at Santa Anita in January, when he won the Sunshine Millions Sprint by 5 1/2 lengths, and he followed that with a third in the Dubai Golden Shaheen.

Ten Most Wanted began a quest for the Triple Crown this year with a strong third behind Ocean Terrace and Ministers Wild Cat in the El Camino Real Derby at Golden Gate Fields. He won the Illinois Derby in his next start and was well respected going into the Kentucky Derby before early trouble all but eliminated him.

Since then he has run second in the Belmont and Swaps Stakes and won the Travers and Super Derby.

Another Breeders' Cup starter who has competed in northern California is Elloluv, a legitimate contender in the Distaff. She made her debut at Bay Meadows on Oct. 20, 2002, when she ran third to stakes-placed Watch Out World and stakes-winning Denali Cat in a six-furlong maiden race.

Final Friday night

This will be the final Friday's Alive night for the fall season. With Halloween falling on the final Friday of the meeting, Bay Meadows opted to run the card during the day, because night attendance on Halloween has been spotty in the past.

Another sparse card with only 50 runners is scheduled for Friday night. Five older fillies and mares going one mile are in the feature, with Que Facil Corazon, third as the heavy favorite in a turf race in her last start, a top contender.