04/15/2004 11:00PM

Mullins likes both his horses


ARCADIA, Calif. - Glick and Cayoke give trainer Jeff Mullins a formidable team in Sunday's $100,000 San Simeon Handicap on the hillside turf course at Santa Anita.

, who races near the front, won the El Cielo Handicap March 21 at about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf, the same distance as the San Simeon. Glick, a stalker, won a $100,000 claimer on the hillside course by two lengths on March 12, his second win at this meeting.

Mullins is reluctant to choose which of the uncoupled runners represent his best chance, but likes both considering they were given high Beyer Speed Figures in their last starts.

"Glick ran a 100 and Cayoke ran a 105 in his second start off a layoff," Mullins said. "They're both nice horses."

The pair face seven opponents in the San Simeon, the seventh race on the closing day of the winter-spring meeting at Santa Anita. Other top contenders include , who has won two consecutive allowance races on the hillside course; Spinelessjellyfish, who was second in the 2003 San Simeon; and Echo Eddie, a millionaire who returns from an eight-month layoff.

Spinelessjellyfish is not definite to run. He is nominated to two stakes on Saturday's California Gold Rush program at Hollywood Park.

Summer Service is likely to stalk the pace, expected to be set by Cayoke and Grandiser, who was fourth in the El Cielo. Trained by Bill Spawr, Summer Service has yet to win a stakes but was second in the El Conejo Handicap over 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt in January.

Echo Eddie, 7, has won two of four starts on Santa Anita's hillside course. He won an allowance race in 2000, and the Sensational Star Handicap for statebreds in 2001. In 2002, he was second in the Sensational Star Handicap.

Although he raced near the front early in his career, Echo Eddie was a closer last year.

"He's run pretty well down the hill," trainer Darrell Vienna said.

Glick is likely to be favored. Owned by Robert Bone, Glick was claimed for $40,000 in December and has not been worse than third in three starts on the hillside turf course. He won an optional claimer when he was available to be claimed for $62,500 in January, the Daytona Handicap on Feb. 15, and the recent $100,000 claimer.

Mullins said the horse has tactical speed that gives him an edge.

"Glick puts himself in the race," he said. "That's been the key, to let him find his own position."