11/30/2009 1:00AM

Antares World looks obvious

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Two-year-old fillies will be featured at Golden Gate Fields in Saturday's $50,000 Corte Madera Stakes at one mile. Twelve were nominated, but bettors may not have to go beyond Antares World, first among the 12 in alphabetical order, to find the winner.

After her nine-length maiden win at six furlongs Oct. 24, trainer Steve Specht that he thought she could possibly become as good as his multiple stakes winner Lady Railrider when stretched out. Antares World won her next start, which came at a mile, despite being bumped and jostled entering the lane. She led Salty Fries by a head at the eighth pole and dug in and was inching clear late, winning by a half-length in 1:38.48.

Specht said he plans to run Antares World in the Corte Madera, and Terry Knight will send out Salty Fries for another challenge. The Jedd Josephson-trained Dark Dolores, whose first victory came against winners in a one-mile race, is also listed as definite. Possible for the race are EE to Kinzie, the runner-up to Dark Dolores after leading in the stretch, and Moon Quist Rose, who graduated on the turf.

Seeking the Queen a wire artist

Wednesday's opening race, a six-furlong optional claimer for 2-year-old fillies, will showcase the undefeated Seeking the Queen. Seeking the Queen has won both her starts by wiring her rivals and on Wednesday draws the outside post, where she can use her speed to best advantage.

She beat three of her four rivals in an identical race on Nov. 5. She is eligible to repeat the first allowance condition because she is a California-bred. Among her beaten opponents in her first race was Antares World.

Thinking twice about Bold Chieftain

Trainer Bill Morey Jr. said before Bold Chieftain won the San Quentin last Friday that the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Classic on Jan. 30 at Santa Anita might be the horse's last start if Morey could find a place to stand him as a stallion.

But after the San Quentin, Morey suggested he might consider another race before the Sunshine Millions Classic. The logical spot would be the Grade 2, $150,000 San Pasqual at 1 1/16 miles on the Santa Anita main track Jan. 9.

"That would give us three weeks, which would be just about ideal," Morey said of the time between the San Pasqual and the Sunshine Millions. "I don't think this race took too much out of him, and it might be better if he had a race instead of waiting two months."

The Grade 2, $150,000 San Gabriel at 1 1/8 miles on the Santa Anita turf Dec. 27 is also a possibility, Morey said.

"I think we're going to get used to the scenery down Highway 5 the next couple months," Morey said.

Jockey picks up the pace

Australian rider Kayla Stra was 1 for 35 going into last week's race. She had been a bit unlucky, with seven seconds and five thirds to go with the lone victory.

She scored six victories in only 13 mounts last week, starting with a double Thursday and registering a hat trick Sunday.

Her seven victories tie her for 10th in the jockey standings with Anisete Leon.

Handicapping tournament

Three Golden Gate Fields patrons will earn trips to the 2010 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association Handicapping Contest in a local contest Dec. 11-13.

Contestants must pick the winners at Golden Gate Fields on races 3 through 8 each day. The winner each day is the person who has the highest bankroll from a $20 bet in each race.

The local tournament is open to anyone 21 or older. Entry cards are available for each day at the admission gate.

* Bids will be taken this week through Dec. 7 in the Glen Ellen Vocational Academy stallion auction that began Sunday. The auction is the primary source of revenue for the academy, Northern California's only nonprofit equine rescue and retirement foundation. Information and bidding are available at .

* Toys are being collected at the track for the annual Grooms' Dinner, to be held in the Turf Club on Dec. 10. Toys will be distributed to children of the grooms.