10/07/2001 11:00PM

'Bayou' and Pheiffer try grass


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Six 3-year-old fillies with limited turf experience will contest the featured seventh race at Bay Meadows on Wednesday, which will be run at one mile on grass.

The only entrant with a turf victory to her credit is Lady Cara, who defeated $25,000 maiden claimers on grass. That said, the main contention in Wednesday's headliner should come from the two outside fillies, Miss Blue Bayou and Pheiffer. Miss Blue Bayou already has five wins this year and is in top form.

Trained by Chuck Peery, Miss Blue Bayou will be making only her second start on the grass. She showed speed over that surface against maiden company in March. Miss Blue Bayou finished third in a tougher allowance heat last out on Sept. 26, and in her previous race she drew off against a band of $25,000 claimers despite jumping shadows. Russell Baze again has the call on Miss Blue Bayou.

Pheiffer has been lightly raced and will be making her first start over the turf and her first around two turns. That seems like a lot to ask of her, but she does have turf breeding - she is by Lyphaness - and has run well in all five of her starts. Pheiffer began her career in Idaho, where she won her first three starts.

Pheiffer made her first local appearance in allowance company and had a mild late rally to finish fourth. She also finished fourth in her next try in a tougher allowance test just a length behind Miss Blue Bayou. If she can show any improvement over the turf she will be a strong factor here.

Lady Cara has the only turf win among Wednesday's field and has tried that surface four times including a second in a similar allowance spot Sept. 2. Lady Cara won here maiden over the local turf course in May and then captured a $32,000 starter allowance at Pleasanton in July.

Peninsula Heritage finished second in her last try over the turf here Sept. 24 against $12,500 starter allowance company, and leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer brings her right back in this spot.