11/03/2008 12:00AM

Be So Special figures key to pick-six carryover


ALBANY, Calif. - There is a modest two-day pick-six carryover of $14,056 to open the week's racing Wednesday.

The first leg of Wednesday's pick six also serves as the day's feature, a one-mile $40,000 starter allowance for 2-year-old fillies on the Tapeta. It also could be a free space in the pick six, with trainer Bill Delia entering Be So Special, who has a win, 2 seconds, and a third in 4 career starts.

Be So Special began her career in a $32,000 maiden sprint, running second. She was impressive enough that Delia moved her up to straight maiden company, where she notched a third and a second in a pair of sprints.

Delia then tried her at one mile on the turf and saw her romp wire to wire to a 4 1/2-length victory. A daughter of Richly Blended, Be So Special returns to the main track for Wednesday's race over a Tapeta surface that plays kindly to turf runners.

"We always liked her and thought she would be a good filly that could run a bit, and she's turned out to be just that," Delia said. "We wanted to go back on the turf. I've had several Richly Blendeds who showed they could run on the turf.

"I don't think the Tapeta will pose a problem. She's trained well over it, and she definitely wants two turns."

Delia owns the filly in partnership with his son Brian and breeder Del Chase.

The Gil Matos-trained Adriftinthebay could provide the main competition to Be So Special. She has run second and third in a pair of six-furlong races at this level here after a 10 1/2-length victory at Stockton. Mimis Road Warrior placed in multiple stakes at Emerald Downs this summer. Both Adriftinthebay and Mimis Road Warrior will be making their two-turn debuts.

Seven riders double up last week

Seven riders accounted for nine riding doubles last week, with Francisco Duran riding a pair of winners on Wednesday and Friday and Russell Baze riding a pair Friday and Saturday, when he won both ends of the opening double for Billy Morey and his dad, Bill Morey Jr.

Alex Bisono also had a double Wednesday, with Leslie Mawing capturing two races Thursday. Kyle Kaenel and Frank Alvarado had doubles Saturday, with Roberto Gonzalez winning two Sunday.

Baze, Alvarado, and Gonzalez are one-two-three in the jockey standings, with Baze the runaway leader as usual.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won Sunday's final two races to open a four-victory lead, 29-25, in the trainer standings over Billy Morey, who upset him to win the spring championship here. Hollendorfer sent a string of runners to Portland Meadows under the care of Tom Roberts and also is the leading trainer at that track.

Vet reaches deal to stay half of ban

Veterinarian Dr. Kim Kuhlmann and the California Horse Racing Board reached an agreement that stays 15 days of the vet's 30-day suspension for a filly he treated, El Sierra Tahoe, testing positive for the anesthetic lidocaine, according to a board release Saturday. The board originally suspended Kuhlmann for 30 days last December, and Kuhlmann served the 15 days from Oct. 16-31.

El Sierra Tahoe was disqualified by the board for testing positive for lidocaine, a Class 2 drug, after finishing first in the ninth race at Bay Meadows on Sept. 1, 2007.

Kuhlmann said he meant to administer Lasix to El Sierra Tahoe, but mistakenly injected her with a syringe containing lidocaine that he had used on another horse the previous day.

El Sierra Tahoe is trained by Jeff Bonde, who was fined $1,000 for the same case by the board in December for having syringes without needles in his barn.

* Golden Gate Fields stewards issued a 60-day suspension to trainer Sean McLaughlin after Dab of Lightning, winner of the ninth race at the Solano County Fair on July 20, was found to have lidocaine in his system. McLaughlin had already been on probation for two earlier Class 3 violations.

* Two hearings on medication positives are pending for leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. The board said that the presence of the sedative xylazine was found in the urine sample of Gold Ruckus, who finished second in the first race at Golden Gate Fields on June 2, 2007. Dixie Crisp, winner of the eighth race at Bay Meadows on Feb. 19, 2007, tested positive for scopolamine, a medication sometimes found in jimsonweed that can decrease mucus in the nose and throat.

Xylazine is a Class 2 medication; scopolamine a Class 3.