10/06/2005 11:00PM

Sierra Sweetie preps for Cal Cup


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Sunday's $60,000-added Courtship Stakes at Bay Meadows could be a stepping-stone to the California Cup Juvenile Fillies for several of the six 2-year-old fillies in the field. Four of the runners are California-bred and therefore eligible to the Cal Cup, to be run at Santa Anita on Nov. 6.

was second in her lone race against maidens. But surrounding that second-place finish are a second in her debut in the Solano County Juvenile Fillies and then a victory in the $100,000 Generous Portion for Cal-breds at Del Mar.

She sat back behind fast fractions early in the Generous Portion and closed strongly to win by three lengths.

"This is basically a prep for the Cal Cup," said her trainer, Jeff Bonde. "We looked at this race and one at Santa Anita, weighed the positives, and decided on this one.

"This filly is a good filly. She does everything well."

Sierra Sweetie has worked well since her return to northern California from Del Mar. She had a bullet half-mile work, turned in strong drills at six and seven furlongs, and completed preparations last Sunday with a 59-second five-furlong bullet work that was the best of 37 that day.

Another filly shooting for the Cal Cup is , who has won her last two starts.

"The filly's doing well, and we want to run in Cal Cup," said trainer Bill Delia. "The field turned up small. It could be good strategy to run."

After running greenly in her debut, Bai and Bai has learned to sit close to the front and finish strongly, Delia said.

"She doesn't have to be on the lead," Delia said. "She could be in good position with the speed in this race."

I Can See, a one-eyed filly who just won the 1 1/16-mile Black Swan at Fairplex by nine lengths, was originally scheduled to wait for the Hollywood Park fall meet before running again. But she seemed to come out of the Black Swan so well that trainer Rafael DeLeon decided to enter here. Regular rider Kerwin John is coming north to ride her.

ran fifth behind I Can See in the Black Swan after graduating at a mile here during the Bay Meadows Fair.

Like Bai and Bai, Talverna has won two straight - a $32,000 maiden claimer and $40,000 starter allowance - and is coming off a sensational five-length victory.

Come on Margaret just graduated by 12 lengths in a bottom-level maiden claimer.