10/31/2006 1:00AM

Texcess to await Sunshine Millions


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Hollywood Park-based Texcess someday may actually race on the Cushion Track surface over which he trained through the fall, but not yet. Winner of the $250,000 California Cup Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita, Texcess will skip the Hollywood Park fall meet and aim for the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic in January at Gulfstream Park.

"He needs a lot of time between races," trainer Mike Mitchell said Tuesday.

Texcess earned the highest fast-track figure of his career Saturday (a 103 Beyer) while racing for the first time in nearly two months. It was his first win of the year and pushed his 2006 earnings to $429,970. Texcess was purchased in January for $300,000 by Cal Van Burger and Wayne and Scott Anastasi.

Mitchell will race Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies winner Romance Is Diane at Hollywood. "I'd like to keep her on dirt, even though her full brother is [Del Mar Derby winner] Romanceishope," said Mitchell.

Mitchell will consider the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet on Dec. 17, a race typically won with a 95 Beyer. Romance Is Diane earned a 73 Beyer in the Cal Cup.

Symphony Sid, wire-to-wire winner of the Grade 3 Carleton F. Burke on Oct. 21, will run in the Grade 1 Hollywood Turf Cup on Dec. 9, according to Mitchell.

Runway Rosie heads into Sharp Cat

After a successful turf-to-dirt transition last fall with subsequent Grade 1 winner Balance, trainer David Hofmans will try Sunday for a second straight win in the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes for 2-year-old fillies with turf sprint winner Runway Rosie.

"She's following Balance's footsteps," Hofmans said, "and seems to like this surface."

Hofmans expects Runway Rosie, sired by Include, to appreciate the 1 1/16-mile distance.

"She's bred for it and has the disposition for it," he said.

Beyond ability, she faces another key issue - is she fit enough for Cushion Track?

"That's the fear, that horses coming over here from Santa Anita need a race, or a couple works," Hofmans said.

Runway Rosie worked six furlongs Monday in 1:17. Hofmans said she "went off slow and finished strong."

Balance, meanwhile, is on the comeback trail and will have her second half-mile work on Thursday. Winner of two Grade 1 races, the Santa Anita Oaks and Las Virgenes, Balance had a chip removed from her left ankle after finishing 11th in the Kentucky Oaks.

"She looks strong; all she needed to do was mature," Hofmans said.

Balance is pointing to the La Canada Series for 4-year-old fillies during the winter meet at Santa Anita.

Cushion Track - new spot for turfers?

One popular preseason theory related to the new Cushion Track surface at Hollywood Park is that turf horses will prosper. Trainer Barry Abrams sure hopes so. It would open up opportunities for his many offspring of Unusual Heat, who run best on grass.

"We're going to give them a good test this weekend," Abrams said. "We'll find out right away."

The 2-year-old colt Unusual Suspect, fourth on turf last week in the Pinjara Stakes, will wheel back in nine days and switch to Cushion Track for the $100,000 Real Quiet Stakes on Saturday. The 2-year-old filly Spenditallbaby, second on turf last week in the Hidden Light Stakes, also will wheel back in nine days and switch to Cushion Track for the $100,000 Sharp Cat Stakes on Saturday.

Unusual Suspect was wide throughout in the Pinjara.

"He hadn't run in two months, and got beat two lengths," Abrams said.

Spenditallbaby was loose on the lead, and Abrams admitted she "got beat by a better horse" in Hucking Hot.

Declan's Moon may run later at meet

Declan's Moon, compromised by a lung infection when he finished seventh Aug. 20 in Grade 2 Pat O'Brien Handicap at Del Mar, worked six furlongs Tuesday at Hollywood Park.

The champion 2-year-old of 2004, Declan's Moon worked in 1:14.40 and could return later this meet before stretching back out to two turns in the handicap series this winter at Santa Anita. Declan's Moon, trained by Ron Ellis and owned by Mace Siegel and his daughter Samantha, has won five races and $638,300 from seven starts.

Jump On In works toward Moccasin

Before leaving for Kentucky to saddle Healthy Addiction in the final start of her career Saturday in the Breeders' Cup Distaff, trainer John Sadler on Tuesday worked a promising 2-year-old filly whose career is just getting started. Jump On In, whose scheduled comeback Oct. 21 was scrapped when she got sick, worked five furlongs in 1:01 and runs Nov. 19 in the seven-furlong Moccasin Stakes.

Jump On In won her debut Aug. 6 at Del Mar with a 98 Beyer, then finished fifth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante. The seven-furlong Moccasin will be her third career start.