Marks Mine, out of trainer Steve Specht's barn and winner of three of eight starts, is the morning-line favorite for the $50,000 California Wine stakes at Pleasanton's Alameda County Fair on Saturday.
Marks Mine will be ridden by Frank Alvarado in the six-furlong test of 3-year-old fillies.
Cory McElyea of Santa Cruz advanced to Saturday's 36-hole final of the 102nd California State Amateur at Monterey Peninsula Country Club. The USF golfer, who missed the cut at the U.S. Open at Merion, will take on Bryson DeChambeau.
McElyea beat Pace Johnson in 19 holes in the semifinals. Johnson flared his tee shot into the rough in front of a tree on the first extra hole, while McElyea's drive split the fairway. McElyea's approach finished 15 feet away, and he lagged his birdie putt to 2 feet for a conceded par and the win.
In quarterfinal matches, McElyea ousted David Gazzolo 3-and-1, and Johnson was 3-up after three holes en route to a 4-and-2 win over Danville's Cody Blick (San Jose State).
Track and field
San Jose's Jeneba Tarmoh placed fourth in the women's 100 meters (10.93 seconds) and Richmond's Charonda Williams (11.09) was eighth at the USA outdoor championships in Des Moines, Iowa. English Gardner won in 10.85.
Cal grad Alysia Montano is poised to become the first woman to claim four straight 800 titles after taking her semifinal heat in 2:00.14. Stanford's Amy Weissenbach (2:00.98) also qualified for Sunday's final.
Stanford's Kori Carter had the fourth-fastest time in the women's 400 hurdle prelims (55.69) to advance. Vashti Thomas of the Academy of Art advanced in the 100 hurdles, clocking a wind-aided 12.79.
Incoming Cal freshman Khalfani Muhammad was second in the junior men's 200. The running back out of Sherman Oaks finished in 20.97, behind Just'N Thymes (20.61).
Stanford received oral commitments from safety Alameen Murphy of Friendly High-Fort Washington (Md.) and running back Isaiah Brandt-Sims of Wenatchee High (Wash.), ESPN.com reported.
Staff writer Jeff Faraudo contributed to this report.