Updated on 09/18/2011 12:11AM

Silver Cup best in San Gorgonio

Silver Cup rallies to win the Grade 2, $150,000 San Gorgonio Handicap by a 1/2 length.

ARCADIA, Calif. - If he wasn't a believer in karma before Sunday, trainer Patrick Biancone sure is now. His filly Silver Cup had a horrible trip here the first week of the meet, but she was repaid overwhelmingly for that misfortune on Sunday when she rallied to score a 16-1 upset in the Grade 2, $150,000 for female turf runners.

"Bad luck one day gave her good luck today," Biancone said.

Silver Cup had nowhere to run in the stretch run of a money allowance race on Dec. 29. The flip side of that is that she came out of the race fresh, so Biancone wheeled her back only 10 days later in the San Gorgonio.

"Last time it was like a workout," Biancone said. "She was a bit unlucky. She got stuck inside. But on the other hand, she did not have a hard race."

On Sunday, Silver Cup was able to tip outside rivals at the top of the stretch, and she needed almost every inch of ground to run down a stubborn Ticker Tape and prevail by a half-length. Royal Copenhagen, who came up the rail, was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third. The 4-5 favored entry of Barancella, Flip Flop, and Star Parade finished fifth, seventh, and 10th in the 11-horse field.

Silver Cup ($35.40), with Victor Espinoza aboard, covered 1 1/8 miles on firm turf in 1:47.46. Biancone trains her for owner Martin Schwartz, who purchased Silver Cup just before her victory last May in the Italian 1,000 Guineas.

Silver Cup, 4, has raced five times in the United States since coming here last summer, but Sunday's victory was her first in this country. Overall, the daughter of Dubai World Cup winner Almutawakel has won six times in 11 starts.

* Earlier on Sunday's card, Too Much Bling crushed 10 other 3-year-olds with an eye-catching, four-length victory in the $81,200 .

Too Much Bling ($7.60), the slight favorite, was taken just off the pace by jockey Garrett Gomez, rallied four wide into the stretch, then turned on the jets and bounded clear. Cause to Believe rallied belatedly for second, 1 1/2 lengths better than Bound to Be M V P. Peace Chant, the second choice, was fourth, with One Union eighth after breaking poorly.

Too Much Bling, a Rubiano colt, was timed in 1:08.59 for six furlongs on the fast main track. Bob Baffert trains Too Much Bling for the Stonerside Stable of Bob and Janice McNair, and the Blaziang(CQ) Meadows Farm of Tim Hamm. Too Much Bling has now won twice in six starts. This was his first race in California. He finished third in the Hopeful Stakes last summer at Saratoga.