ARCADIA, Calif. - Figlio Mio returns to the races in a tough spot Saturday, the $250,000 Wells Fargo California Cup Classic, the featured event on the 10-race Cal Cup card at Oat Tree at Santa Anita.
The son of Kentucky stallion Rubiano, out of the stakes-winning Faliraki mare Wall St. Lady, was bred by owners Anthony and Janine Ciulla.
He finished second by a head to Breeders Cup starter El Corredor in the Sept. 2 Del Mar Breeders Cup Handicap, then suffered a quarter crack and has trained up to the Wells Fargo Classic with a pair of seven-furlong workouts but without benefit of another race.
Figlio Mio will be stretching out past a mile for the first time, as the Wells Fargo Classic is carded at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt. Trainer Ben Cecil said he does not expect the added distance to be a problem.
Figlio Mio has won four of seven starts and $202,780, with three allowance wins but no stakes victories on his resume.
Among the top contenders for the race are Romanceishope, trained by Cecil's wife, Jenine Sahadi, Longacres Mile winner Irisheyesareflying, Grey Memo, Literal Prowler and Waingarth. The Wells Fargo Classic is the richest race on the $1.25 million Cal Cup card.