03/29/2008 12:00AM

Allowance feature is wide open


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Bettors have a decision to make in Monday's Bay Meadows feature, a six-furlong entry-level allowance race that drew a field of five. Do you play the multi-win claimer moving up or the possibly more talented runner that has only one win?

Carrie With a C has won 7 of 18 career starts and moves into the Billy Morey barn after being claimed for $25,000 out of her second straight dull effort. She's worked twice for Morey, who wins at 37 percent off a claim.

Danzings Secret will try winners for the first time, after holding on by a nose in a March 14 maiden race here.

Dominadora also has only one career win. She won her first start as a 2-year-old before going to the sidelines for 15 months. She then finished off the board in two starts before going to the sidelines for another 13 months. In her first start back, she finished third in a first-level optional claiming race March 10.

Afleet's Desire finished second in that March 10 race, 4 1/2 lengths in front of Dominadora. She was claimed for $50,000 in her prior start at Santa Anita.

Also on the card is a maiden affair that includes Famous Gorky, who lost by a nose to Danzings Secret in her first start in nearly a year, and Terina, a runner-up in her March 9 debut.

While they look best on paper, there is an interesting first-timer in the race, Bella Giada.

Bella Giada is by Malabar Gold, who has won with only 3 of 82 debut runners. But the 3-year-old filly, facing older in her debut, is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Hoopstar and stakes-winning Ms. Jill, stakes-placed Dancing Liebling, and Flyaway Jack, who earned $190,237. Seven of her eight siblings are winners.

Bill McLean, who trained Hoopstar in the 1990s, conditions Bella Giada.

"She's the last foal out of that mare, so we're hoping someday she'll be able to replace her as a broodmare," said McLean, who trains her for owner-breeder Rex Mudd and Lorri Smith.

"She's not the quickest of runners, and that's the bad thing about being at Bay Meadows," McLean added, noting the track's speed bias.

o Jockey Chad Schvaneveldt begins a three-day suspension Monday after being disqualified from second to third for causing interference in last Sunday's fifth race aboard Talented Performer.