02/11/2010 12:00AM

Twin Sparks on hot streak for Gold Cup


Twin Sparks has already accomplished something this Turf Paradise meet that few thought possible. The 7-year-old gelding set a world record for six furlongs of 1:06.49 when he won the Nov. 21 Caballos del Sol by

11 1/4 lengths. He backed it up with a win in the Swift on Jan. 2 and now he looks for the cherry on the cake, taking on a field of eight in the meet's marquee event Saturday, the $75,000 Phoenix Gold Cup.

The six-furlong dirt stakes, part of a stakes tripleheader, goes as race 7. Also on the docket are the $25,000 Turf Paradise Handicap (race 8), a 1 1/16-mile turf race for older horses, and the $25,000 Sun City Handicap (race 6), a one-mile turf race for fillies and mares.

Twin Sparks, owned by Bobbie Parsons and trained by Karl Myers, is no stranger to competing at the highest levels on this circuit. He pressed the pace and finished third in this race last year. He really blossomed this fall, however. In the Caballos del Sol he was sent of at 9-1, and his record performance earned him a 106 Beyer Speed Figure. He prevailed by a length in the Swift with a 98 Beyer. Ry Eikleberry rides Twin Sparks on Saturday.

Ez Dreamer is the horse Twin Sparks must beat. Trained by Kory Owens, Ez Dreamer is a multiple stakes winner sprinting on dirt and has placed in Grade 3 stakes routing on turf in Southern California. He was third in the Grade 3 Phoenix on Keeneland's Polytrack on Oct. 9 as well.

Ez Dreamer comes off a 5 1/4-length romp in the Cactus Wren for Arizona-breds here Dec. 19 and has worked well since. Glenn Corbett rides.

* On My Dime makes his own bid for horse of the meet when he heads a field of 12 in the Turf Paradise Handicap. On My Dime, trained by Dennis Sowers, comes off a 16-1 upset win in the Cotton Fitzsimmons here Jan. 16. Eikleberry rides On My Dime, who finished a close fourth in this race last year.

One Call, who has posted all three career wins on this turf course, comes off a smart allowance win for trainer Kenneth Person, while Yankee Bravo, who in 2008 ran fourth in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby and 10th in the Preakness, makes his first start of the year. Trained by Mike Chambers, Yankee Bravo has won twice on turf.

* Table Mesa, runner-up to heavy favorite Dextera in the Glendale Handicap here Jan. 16, looks to continue her sharp form in the Sun City Handicap. Table Mesa won two in a row here in the fall and came back to be second in the Kachina on Dec. 26 and again in the Glendale. Scott Stevens rides Table Mesa in a field of 10.

Back for another shot at Table Mesa are Rare Sunset, who finished 1 1/2 lengths behind her in the Glendale, and Flicker of Gold, who finished a neck behind Table Mesa in the Kachina.