07/18/2002 11:00PM

For Sunset, count Cal-breds in


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Considering the success California-breds have had in major stakes in the last two weeks, Adminniestrator, Continental Red, and Ringaskiddy should not be dismissed in Sunday's $250,000 Sunset Handicap at Hollywood Park.

This month, Cal-breds have won four major stakes at Hollywood Park. Sky Jack won the $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup, Disturbingthepeace pulled an upset in the $300,000 Triple Bend Breeders' Cup Handicap, Super High won the $100,000 Flawlessy Stakes, and Go Go won the $75,000 Great Lady M. Handicap.

Adminniestrator, Continental Red, and Ringaskiddy are stakes winners this year. The 5-year-old Adminniestrator won the Quicken Tree Stakes for statebreds on California Gold Rush Day on April 28. The Quicken Tree was run over 1 1/2 miles on turf, the same conditions as the Grade 2 Sunset.

Continental Red won the Grade 2 San Luis Rey Handicap in March, but has lost his last two races, including a fifth-place finish in the Charles Whittingham Handicap on June 15.

Ringaskiddy won the San Juan Capistrano Invitational Handicap over about 1 3/4 miles on turf on April 21, his first win in a Grade 1. He was seventh in the Whittingham, but did win the 2001 Quicken Tree.

In a way, recent history may be on the side of the trio.

The San Juan was run on the final weekend of the Santa Anita winter-spring meeting and was not considered to have drawn a strong field. The Sunset Handicap is the feature race on the final day of the Hollywood Park spring-summer meeting. It has not drawn a strong field. Ringaskiddy is the 117-pound highweight, an assignment five pounds below topweight Super Quercus, who is passing because of injury.

Discretionary funds

The California Thoroughbred Breeders Association will have more flexibility to allocate purse funds following the passage of a senate bill last week.

The CTBA backed the passage of SB 1465, sponsored by Jim Costa of Fresno, which allows the association to use money from California-bred funds for stakes not restricted to statebreds. The bill was recently signed into law by Gov. Gray Davis.

In the short term, the bill was designed to allow the CTBA to contribute to two upcoming race programs - the Great State Challenge and the Sunshine Millions.

The Great State Challenge is a series of six $275,000-estimated stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on Dec. 7 featuring horses bred in 17 states or Canadian provinces. California is participating in the program.

The races have guaranteed purses of $175,000. The remaining $100,000 will come in $50,000 increments from the Breeders' Cup program for eligible horses and the breeders' organization from each state or province.

The breeders' organizations will be responsible for a percentage of the purse earned by their representatives.

For example, if a California-bred wins one of the races, and the winner's share of the purse is 60 percent, then the CTBA would pay $30,000 to the purse.

The Sunshine Millions is a competition for Cal-breds and Florida-breds that has not made it past the planning stages. The program would include races at Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park each year.

In a press release, the CTBA said the reallocation of purse monies will not effect the current stallion and breeder award programs.

Globalize to stand at Special T

Globalize, who won the Turfway Park Spiral Stakes in 2000, will stand the 2003 breeding season at Special T Thoroughbreds in Temecula, Calif., for $5,000, live foal.

The 5-year-old Globalize previously stood at Creston Farms. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer during his brief racing career, Globalize won five races and $623,650. Aside from the Spiral Stakes, Globalize won the 1999 California Juvenile Stakes and Golden State Mile in northern California. He was entered in the 2000 Kentucky Derby, but was scratched after being kicked by a pony two days before the race.

By Summer Squall, Globalize is out of the Fit to Fight mare Sugar Hill Chick.