03/16/2006 1:00AM

No certainties in full Gold Cup

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Iron Halo, shown winning the 2004 Phoenix Gold Cup, will run in Saturday's renewal.

The best sprinters on the grounds and some scary shippers will meet in a competitive renewal of the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup at Turf Paradise on Saturday. A six-furlong race, the Phoenix Gold Cup is the marquee event of the meet and has lured a full field of 14.

The Phoenix Gold Cup is part of a stakes triple-header that also includes the $40,000 Cactus Cup Handicap - rescheduled from last Sunday after bad weather caused the card to be canceled - and the $40,000 Sun City Handicap. The Gold Cup goes as race 8 on a nine-race card.

Favoritism in the Phoenix Gold Cup may fall to Jungle Prince, a Southern California shipper and the 121-pound highweight. A 5-year-old gelding trained by Juan Garcia, Jungle Prince comes off a third in the Feb. 19 Daytona Handicap at Santa Anita, which was originally carded for the turf but was moved to a wet main track. Jungle Prince stalked the pace as the 6-5 favorite but could not catch the eventual winner, Siren Lure.

has shown that he can ship away from Southern California and win. Last fall he shipped to Zia Park and won the Zia Park Express, posting a 103 Beyer Speed Figure. His three starts since then have come at Santa Anita, including a head second in the Grade 3 El Conejo, in which he earned a 103 Beyer. Agapito Delgadillo rides.

returned from a 13-month layoff to win his last start, the Petro D. Jay, here March 7. Ridden by Scott Stevens, Iron Halo stalked the pace early and blasted clear to win by 3 1/4 lengths while finishing very much in hand. In 2004, Iron Halo won the Phoenix Gold Cup second time back after a lengthy vacation, so Kruljac is employing the same pattern here. Stevens rides again at 120 pounds.

A potential spoiler is . Trained by Keith Bennett, Point Dume has won just 5 of 28 career starts, but he has always had ability, and his 7 3/4-length win in the Honor the Hero here on Feb. 10 indicates he may be a new horse. Glenn Corbett rides at 115 pounds.

Other contenders include Court's in Session, a northern California invader who has improving form; Flying Supercon, second by a nose to Proud Cardenal in last year's Phoenix Gold Cup; and Western Act, who is one of the top horses of the meet with three turf-route stakes wins, but who moves to dirt and shortens up to a trip he has tried only once in his career.

Muir Beach one to beat in Sun City

Muir Beach looks to continue her dominance of the distaffers on this circuit Saturday, when she carries high weight of 124 pounds in the $40,000 Sun City. A turf event at about a mile, the Sun City has lured a field of 10.

A 5-year-old daughter of Skip Away, Muir Beach was a 3 3/4-length winner of the Sun City last year. She has won two of her eight starts since then, including a 2 1/4-length win in the Left Latch at 6 1/2 furlongs on the dirt here March 4. Muir Beach has 12 wins in 31 career starts for earnings of $402,224. Joel Campbell rides for trainer Dan McFarlane.

The most likely candidate to upset Muir Beach is Dreams Come True, who invades for trainer Bobby Frankel. Dreams Come True began her career in France, and in 2004 was deemed good enough to compete against Group 1 company. Since coming to the U.S. in February 2005, she has posted a win and a second on the turf at Santa Anita and finished off the board in a pair of Belmont turf stakes in her two most recent starts. Dreams Come True is the second highweight at 121 pounds and will be ridden by Omar Berrio.

Bully Bones towers over nine in Cactus Cup

Bully Bones looms the heavy favorite in the $40,000 Cactus Cup Handicap, in which she carries 126 pounds, surrendering nine to 16 pounds to her rivals. A 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies, the Cactus Cup lured a field of 10.

Owned and trained by David La Croix, Bully Bones blew the start in the $250,000 Sunshine Millions Oaks at Gulfstream on Jan. 28 but had the speed to remain on the pace. That early work took its toll, however, and she faltered to fifth behind Joint Effort.

Bully Bones won her only local start, the Dec. 31 Arizona Juvenile Filly Stakes, by more than 10 lengths, earning a 97 Beyer. She adds blinkers and figures to be a very short price under Corbett.