Updated on 09/15/2011 1:23PM

Officer down - again

Benoit & Associates
Officer (left) and winner Yougottawanna return after the Juvenile. It was Yougottawanna's first stakes win.

ARCADIA, Calif. - Yougottawanna, who has never run in a graded stakes, upset Officer, one of the nation's top 2-year-olds, in Saturday's $125,000 California Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. Officer, a three-time major stakes winner, was returning a week after finishing fifth as the odds-on favorite in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Belmont Park.

Sent off at 1-5 in the 1 1/16-mile California Cup Juvenile, Officer appeared on his way to a victory in early stretch. Racing at the back of the field on the first turn, Officer weaved through traffic on the backstretch to reach contention on the second turn. Ridden by Gary Stevens, he led briefly in early stretch, but was passed on the inside by Yougottawanna, who won by 1 1/2 lengths. The Cal Cup Juvenile and Breeders' Cup Juvenile are Officer's only losses in a seven-race career.

Trainer Bob Baffert downplayed the loss, saying he wanted to teach Officer to come from off the pace. Nonetheless, the loss dimmed Officer's status as one of the nation's leading juveniles. Baffert still considers Officer a Triple Crown candidate. "We wanted him to learn something," Baffert said. "From here on, there's no messing around. If he'll be a two-turn horse, we need to get him to relax. Unfortunately, he didn't win."

Yougottawanna was ridden by Laffit Pincay Jr., who swept Saturday's early double. Last year on California Cup Day, Pincay won five races, including the 9,000th winner of his career. California Cup Day showcases California-bred horses in seven stakes and three starter handicaps.

Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer for Halo Farms, Yougottawanna ($7.60) was timed in 1:43.97. He was coupled with Surprized, who closed from sixth to finish third in the field of 12. Pincay feared he was beaten in early stretch, but was impressed by the way Yougottawanna responded.

"[Officer] looked good going by me, but I never lost hope," Pincay said. "I felt like my horse was responding and still had a shot. I could hear the crowd. In the last part, he was drawing away. He impressed me the last time I rode him." Yougottawanna won two stakes at the Oak Tree meeting, including the restricted Pinjara Stakes over a mile on turf Oct. 12.

Sprint: Ceeband beats Stormy Jack

Ceeband, claimed for $62,500 last March, won his third stakes of 2001 in the $150,000 California Cup Sprint.

Ceeband got a perfect trip under jockey Matt Garcia. Fifth early, he was well behind the fast pace of 21.30 and 44.49 seconds set by Gibson County. With a wide rally, Ceeband took the lead in midstretch and won by two lengths over Stormy Jack, running six furlongs in 1:08.82. Gibson County finished third in the field of six.

Ceeband is owned by CRK Stables and trained by John Sadler. "He's good and sharp," Sadler said. "It's right up there with one of my better claims. He doesn't like this track as well as Hollywood, so for him to win here he had to be pretty sharp."

Ceeband won the Grade 2 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap last July at Hollywood Park, beating subsequent Breeders' Cup Sprint winner Squirtle Squirt. Last month, Ceeband beat Gibson County in the California Sprint Championship at Bay Meadows.

Matron: Perfect trip for Cee Dreams

Cee Dreams took advantage of a perfect trip to win the $150,000 California Cup Matron, her second stakes win of the year.

Ridden by Pincay, Cee Dreams ($9.40) raced in midpack to the final turn when she rallied around the fading pacesetters - Feverish and Jenna's Joy, who set torrid fractions of 22.35 and 45.31 seconds.

Cee Dreams ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.48, outfinishing Favorite Funtime, who was part of an entry sent off as the 2-1 favorite. Elaine's Angel finished third in the field of eight.

Cee Dreams, owned by a partnership and trained by Peter Eurton, won the E.B. Johnston Stakes at Fairplex Park, but was fifth in the Grade 2 Lady's Secret Breeders' Cup Handicap on Sept. 29.

Distaff: Jeweled Pirate runs to plan

A yearlong plan for a start on California Cup Day worked to perfection when Jeweled Pirate won the $150,000 Distaff on the hillside turf course. Ridden by Chris McCarron, Jeweled Pirate ($5.60) stalked the front-runners until the field crossed over the main track. A 4-year-old, Jeweled Pirate won by 1 1/2 lengths over Warren's Whistle, who finished a neck in front of 118-1 Storm Kisu in the field of 14.

Jeweled Pirate finished about 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:12.72. Owned by Bob and Betty Irvin and trained by Ray Bell, Jeweled Pirate was given a seven-month break after winning the Pro or Con Handicap last February. She finished fourth in an allowance race last month as a prep to the California Cup.

Juvenile Fillies: Lady George upsets

Owner Gordon Severson, and trainer Tony Locke scored their biggest career wins when Lady George ($32.20) upset Fragrant Cloud, the 3-5 favorite, in the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile Fillies.

The time of 1:45.84 for 1 1/16 miles was slow, but Lady George and Fragrant Cloud fought through an exciting stretch duel with Lady George prevailing by a head. Believe in Slew finished third in a field of 11, but was eight lengths behind Fragrant Cloud.

Ridden by Jose Silva, Lady George raced wide throughout and reached contention on the final turn. The Juvenile Fillies was her first stakes win in her seventh start.

* In the $50,000 Distaff Starter Handicap, Lil Sister Stich ($10.60) pulled away at the top of the stretch to win by 1 1/2 lengths over Super Tuesday. Dazzling Diamonds finished third. Ridden by Pincay, Lil Sister Stich finished 1 1/8 miles on turf in 1:47.32.

* In the $50,000 Starter Handicap, As We Know It ($13.40) won his fourth consecutive start, outfinishing defending champion White Cloud in a thrilling stretch run. As We Know It ran 1 1/4 miles on turf in 2:01. Bolchina's Prize finished third.