10/15/2006 11:00PM

Baze won't play favorites with pair

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Jockey Russell Baze won a stakes at Fresno on Friday and Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, and said he's excited about both winners.

On Friday, 2-year-old Vicarino broke Two Out of Three's two-year-old Fresno track record, running six furlongs in 1:07.34, to win the Harvest Festival Futurity by 11 lengths.

"Once he got his feet under him, it was over," Baze said. "I really asked him for only an eighth of a mile, from the quarter pole to the eighth pole, then I was just gearing him down."

Trainer Greg Gilchrist brought Vicarino back after only two weeks but said he would "sit on him" for a while. Gilchrist said he believes that the colt, owned by Harry Aleo, can stretch out successfully, although the six-furlong Winners Foundation Stakes at Bay Meadows on Dec. 2 is a logical spot for Vicarino.

It was the fourth track record in three years for one of Aleo's runners. Lost in the Fog set a record at Turf Paradise in his second start as 2-year-old in 2004 and at Golden Gate Fields last year. Frisco Star broke a Santa Rosa record in his debut last year.

Back at Golden Gate Fields on Saturday, Baze had almost as easy a time with Bold Chieftain, who won the Hayes Valley for his first stakes victory.

Baze avoided catastrophe turning for home, when Bold Chieftain ducked in and nearly brushed with runner-up Passive Income.

"I shook the stick at him and he ducked in, but I grabbed him and he never touched the other horse," Baze said. "He gets to goofing off when he gets the lead. I kept after him a bit."

Trainer Bill Morey Jr., who also bred Bold Chieftain, said he might try to keep the colt on the turf. He said the Bay Meadows Derby at 1 1/8 miles on the turf Nov. 5 was the next spot.

Although Santa Anita's Strub Series is run on the main track, Morey didn't dismiss the possibility of running in it. He won one leg of it, the 1999 San Fernando, with Dixie Dot Com.

Cause to Believe back racing

Cause to Believe returned to the races at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meet on Saturday for trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, finishing third in a 6o1/2-furlong allowance race. The 3-year-old Cause to Believe had not raced since finishing fourth in the Affirmed back in June at Santa Anita

Hollendorfer said that he liked the way Cause to Believe finished and that he would likely point him to the seven-furlong Malibu, the first leg of the Strub Series, on Dec. 26. He said he would like the colt to run once more before then.

Engineers hired for new surface

In preparation for installing its new Tapeta synthetic racing surface next summer, Golden Gate Fields has hired the engineering firm of BKF from Walnut Creek, Calif., to construct the new track "from the ground down," in the words of Golden Gate's general manager, Robert Hartman.

BKF will prepare all environmental reports, design the engineering plans, and hire the contractors who will create the drainage and subsurface before the Tapeta is installed.

"We interviewed three companies, but they had worked other projects for us," said Jason Spetnagel, Golden Gate's director of plant operations.

Spetnagel said representatives from Tapeta were at Golden Gate to provide technical data when engineers for the project were interviewed.

Sisters share graduation day

A pair of full sisters, 4-year-old Janus Escrow Alina and 5-year-old Jan's Alina, won their maiden races at Fresno on Saturday.

The two are by Commitment out of the Bold T. Jay mare Kingsburg Alina. Both were bred by Randall J. January and trained by Elmer January. Rachel Goodgame rode both winners.

Janus Escrow Alina returned $6, winning at 4 1/2 furlongs for an $8,000 claiming price.

Despite her baby sister's success two races earlier, Jan's Alina returned $14.40 for her victory at six furlongs, also for an $8,000 claiming price.

Hollendorfer, Baze on top again

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and Baze were the leaders in their respective categories for the just-concluded Golden Gate Fields meeting.

Hollendorfer won his 29th straight training crown with 41 winners. Art Sherman had 27 and Steve Miyadi 22.

Baze won his 29th riding title with 65 victories to 38 for Luis Martinez, the meet's top apprentice, and 30 for Chad Schvaneveldt.

* Dennis Carr visited the jockeys' room at Golden Gate Fields on closing day. Carr underwent surgery on Sept. 23 after breaking his collarbone in a spill the day before, and he expects to be cleared to begin rehabilitation this week. He said surgeons told him he would likely miss two months but said he felt so good he hoped to be back sooner.

* In addition to Vicarino's track record, the Big Fresno Fair saw a world record set on Oct. 8 when RW Country Angel became the first Arabian to break the 1:10 barrier for 5 1/2 furlongs, running 1:09.78. Say Hi Mc set the record of 1:10.00 nearly 20 years ago in Sacramento.