10/02/2008 11:00PM

Should be clear sailing for Saucey Evening


The Del Mar Debutante on Sept. 1 was a tale of two trips. At the top of the stretch, Stardom Bound and Saucey Evening were right together. Stardom Bound went outside, where it was clear. Saucey Evening went inside.

It was a nightmare for Saucey Evening. While Stardom Bound swept past her rivals to win going away, Saucey Evening ran into a roadblock and wound up seventh in a race in which she might have been second best.

Stardom Bound came back last weekend and romped in the Oak Leaf Stakes to establish herself as the favorite for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies on Oct. 24. Saucey Evening skipped the Oak Leaf, trainer Graham Motion opting instead to put her in against fellow California-bred 2-year-old fillies on Sunday in the $125,000 California Cup Juvenile Fillies at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting. The drop in class makes Saucey Evening the strong favorite against 10 rivals.

"Taking nothing away from the winner, but I think we at least hit the board with a good trip in the Debutante," Motion said Friday at Keeneland.

Saucey Evening was sent west by Motion after a debut win on turf at Colonial Downs on June 20. In her first start at Del Mar on July 18, she closed swiftly to finish second against California-breds in the California Thoroughbred Breeders Association Stakes.

"I think she was a little unlucky in both her last two starts," Motion said. "In the Cal-bred race, she came very wide, ran a little green, and didn't quite get up."

The 1 1/16-mile Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies will be the first race around two turns for Saucey Evening, who is by More Than Ready.

"I think she can handle it, but I can't say for sure," Motion said.

Her primary rivals include the first three finishers in the Generous Portion Stakes at Del Mar, as well as debut winner Salty Sarah.

Ten Churros captured the six-furlong Generous Portion - for Cal-breds - while adding blinkers for the first time. That was her second start since moving to Bob Baffert's barn. Ten Churros was fourth in the CTBA Stakes, the race in which Saucey Evening was second.

Tammy's Luck ran second in the Generous Portion, which followed a maiden win in her second start at Del Mar.

Trash Master, third in the Generous Portion, had a bit of traffic trouble at the top of the stretch, then went evenly when clear.

Salty Sarah scored a 16-1 upset in her lone start, which came against Cal-bred maidens at Del Mar.

Amina is back with Cal-breds after two stakes tries against open company.

Atka, fourth in the Generous Portion, got experience going 1 1/16 miles last time out when she was third in the Black Swan Stakes at Fairplex Park.

Marquee Player's race in the Black Swan can be thrown out, as her rider, Aaron Gryder, lost an iron. She beat maidens in her race before that, also with Gryder, who is back aboard on Sunday.