04/25/2004 11:00PM

Bay Meadows owner floats split dates


SAN MATEO, Calif. - The Bay Meadows Land Company has sent trainers its proposal for split meetings with Golden Gate Fields for the 2005 racing calendar.

The revised proposal calls for Golden Gate Fields, whose season starts in November, to run from Dec. 26 through Dec. 31 this year (which are considered 2005 dates by the California Horse Racing Board); Feb. 16, 2005, to April 17, 2005; and Sept. 2, 2005, to Nov. 13, 2005. In 2005, Bay Meadows would run Jan. 1 to Feb. 13; April 20 to June 19; and Nov. 16 to Dec. 19.

Both Magna and the Bay Meadows Land Company have applied for 2005 dates with the California Horse Racing Board. Bay Meadows Land Co. currently leases its track to Magna Entertainment Corp., which operates race meetings there. Magna owns Golden Gate Fields. Magna's lease of Bay Meadows continues through Dec. 31 of this year.

Both tracks submitted a dates request to the CHRB dates committee earlier this month. Revised plans for racing dates can be submitted until mid-May.

Some horsemen have indicated a desire for shorter meetings, pointing out that Golden Gate Fields runs 100-plus-day meets during the rainy season. The dirt track at Bay Meadows is better equipped to handle rainy weather because it has been resurfaced, with sports grids added to the track.

The latest proposal would allow Golden Gate Fields to run fewer dates during the months of the heaviest rainfall and would also try to maximize the dates when Bay Meadows and Hollywood Park run concurrently so they can share a Friday night simulcast signal.

The proposal would have Golden Gate Fields running during two major events, the Breeders' Cup and Cal Cup at Santa Anita. It would also cut the number of overlap days between California fairs and Bay Meadows to five during the first week of Stockton. Golden Gate Fields would overlap 15 days with the end of the state fair meeting at Sacramento in September and the Big Fresno Fair in October.

Candi's Treasure dangerous speed

Candi's Treasure will make her first start around two turns when six 3-year-old fillies race 1 1/16 miles in a first-level allowance on Wednesday.

Slews in Demand with two wins, three seconds, and a third in six starts this year, and recent maiden winner Crozet may be the primary rivals for Candi's Treasure, who drew the rail and is the one to catch.

Marla Bay and Flybykiss are also making their two-turn debuts, but Candi's Treasure, who has never finished worse than third in four starts, seems faster than both of them.

Jockeys get days

Pedro Mercado and Francisco Duran will serve three-day suspensions this week.

Mercado will sit out Wednesday through Friday after his horse, Tea Dancing, was disqualified and moved from third to sixth in last Thursday's seventh race "for altering course without sufficient clearance and causing interference in the stretch."

Duran's days are Friday through Sunday for "failure to make a proper effort to maintain a straight course in the backstretch and causing interference" aboard Alpine Creek in last Wednesday's sixth race.

Woodside Handicap nominees

Ten older fillies and mares were nominated to Sunday's $55,000-added Woodside Handicap at six furlongs.

Christmas Time, who earned her initial stakes victory in the Emeryville here last year and won the Soviet Problem Handicap in her last start, heads the list of nominees, along with multiple stakes winners Bold Roberta, Channing Way, and Pheiffer. Stormica, unbeaten in two starts since arriving in the United States from France, is also nominated.

* Longtime trainer Bill Mastrangelo and jockey agent Ray Harris are taking signups for the 23rd annual ALS bowling tournament scheduled for 12:30 p.m. June 7 at the Granada Bowl in Livermore. Entry fee is $30 per person for five-person teams. This year's tournament will benefit Connie O'Donnell and the ALS Research Foundation.