03/24/2008 11:00PM

Bamaha Breeze to Snow Chief?


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Bamaha Breeze, who ran his record to 4-0 with a victory in an optional-claiming sprint last Friday, may be heading for a stakes in his next race. In fact, trainer Steve Miyadi said he may stretch him out to 1o1/8 miles for the $250,000 Snow Chief for California-breds on the Gold Rush Day card April 27 at Hollywood Park.

Miyadi said the challenge will be to prepare Bamaha Breeze to run farther than six furlongs for the first time.

"Going nine furlongs after you've only run six is a big jump," he said. "He'll have to increase the tempo of his works. We'll gallop him longer and his breezes will have to indicate he can go that far. If that doesn't look good, we might just look at the 3-year-old race the first weekend at Golden Gate."

Miyadi was referring to the six-furlong Golden Bear on May 17.

Bamaha Breeze, claimed by Miyadi for $20,000 in his debut, won by 4 1/2 lengths on Friday, covering the six furlongs in 1:09.78 and earning a 93 Beyer Speed Figure. He has improved his Beyer in every start.

"He did it professionally," said Miyadi, who added that the colt trains greenly in the morning, yet is able to put things together in the afternoon.

Bamaha Breeze is a son of the stakes-winning sprinter Lord Carson, but he has a 361 Tomlinson number at 1 1/16 miles, which indicates he may be able to get a route.

Bold Chieftain, Now Victory rematch?

Bold Chieftain and Now Victory, the first two finishers in the March Madness Handicap on Saturday, might meet again in the Bay Meadows Handicap on April 26, their trainers said.

Bold Chieftain won the March Madness, a one-mile turf race, in 1:34.71, tying the course record set by Position's Best in 1987. Position's Best time is listed as 1:34 3/5 because races were clocked in fifths of a second in 1987, and that clocking, converted to today's hundredths-of-a-second timing, falls between 1:34.60 and 1:34.79. Bold Chieftain earned a 99 Beyer.

Now Victory, who had not run in two months, set rapid fractions and opened a five-length lead on the backstretch, but Bold Chieftain caught him. Bill Morey Jr. trains Bold Chieftain and Dean Pederson trains Now Victory.

* Fourteen fillies and mares were entered for the $55,000 Hillsborough Handicap on Saturday, topped by Black Mamba, who was scratched from the Grade 2 Santa Ana Sunday at Santa Anita. Black Mamba will carry 125 pounds after finishing second in four Grade 2 races and third in the Grade 1 Yellow Ribbon in her last five starts. She is trained by John Sadler.

* Tribesman has a clean bill of health, trainer Roger Hansen said, and may run in the $100,000 California Turf Sprint here on Aprilo4. Hansen was concerned after Tribesman finished fourth and last March 15 in the Bay Meadows Sprint, and had veterinarians perform tests on the horse, including X-rays. Bonfante, winner of the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Sprint, is also being considered for the California Turf Sprint.

* At Thursday's California Horse Racing Board meeting at Bay Meadows, board members are expected to act on proposed amendments regarding notifying bettors of recently gelded horses and a proposal to change the rule on the coupling of horses that would allow horses with common ownership and different trainers to race uncoupled in the wagering.