03/29/2010 11:00PM

Bold Chieftain, Monterey Jazz tune up


Trainers Bill Morey Jr. and Craig Dollase both figure Friday's $33,000 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields is the perfect spot to get a horse ready for upcoming stakes. Morey will saddle the millionaire Bold Chieftain in the one-mile race on Tapeta, while Dollase sends in the Grade 2 winner Monterey Jazz, who makes his first start since finishing seventh in the Grade 2 Oak Tree Mile last Oct. 10.

Bold Chieftain is likely to run in the Grade 2 San Francisco Mile on the Golden Gate turf on April 24, Morey said, although he could go in the Grade 3 Texas Mile scheduled the same day on dirt at Lone Star. Monterey Jazz also is pointing to one of those races, Dollase said.

Bold Chieftain will be making his first start since his victory in the Jan. 30 Sunshine Millions Classic. Morey had nominated Bold Chieftain to Saturday's Oaklawn Handicap, but a minor foot bruise that kept him out of training for a week prompted the decision to stay home.

Morey is looking at the San Francisco Mile for Bold Chieftain, followed by the Grade 3 Berkeley here on the main track on May 31.

"We have to get a race under him," said Morey.

Dollase is in the same position with Monterey Jazz.

"We'll use Friday's race as a springboard," he said from his barn at Hollywood Park. "We were looking for a nice comeback race. He needs to run."

Friday's race attracted five runners, including Run It, who has won two straight; Prairie City Road, who has never finished off the board in nine starts; and Sir Al, the runner-up in last year's Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby.

Golden Gate subs Wenedsdays for two Thursdays

With Hollywood Park announcing it will not run the first two Thursdays of its meet - April 22 and 29 - Golden Gate general manager Robert Hartman said his track will be dark on those days as well. The track will run Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday that week. Golden Gate has been running on a four-day Thursday-Sunday race schedule. He said Golden Gate would run on Thursday, June 3, which Hollywood is taking off.

"We need to run when Southern California runs," Hartman said. "The feeling was that with many areas going to four-day weeks, if we race Wednesday, we are one of the few tracks in action and will be more attractive to out-of-state bettors. Thursday offers good racing from across the country, and we'll be open for simulcasting."

Jockey wins first two career races

Abel Cedillo, a 21-year-old native of Guatemala, scored his first career victory last Friday aboard 4-year-old filly Scherzi in a $5,000 claimer at 5 1/2 furlongs.

"I feel good," said Cedillo before the usual jockey room greeting, including of buckets of cold water.

Scherzi was the 9-5 favorite for Cedillo and trainer Jamey Thomas. She charged from fifth to first in the final furlong, overtaking Found in Dark by a head.

"My filly relaxed and finished strong for me," Cedillo said. "I'm happy."

Cedillo began his career at Calder Race Course in Florida last year before moving here at the start of the year. He was winless in 14 starts at Calder and was 0 for 16 at Golden Gate Fields before notching the win.

Cedillo came back to win aboard another favorite Saturday, capturing an $8,000 maiden claimer at five furlongs aboard Silver Sparkster for trainer Jeff Bonde. He had finished second on March 11 aboard the 3-year-old gelding.

Golden Gate gets plug from O'Callaghan

Trainer Carl O'Callaghan gave a shout out to Golden Gate Fields following Kinsale King's victory in the six-furlong Golden Shaheen at Meydan Racecourse in Dubai last Saturday.

O'Callaghan, based at Hollywood Park, brought the 5-year-old Kinsale King to Golden Gate to work on the Tapeta, the same surface the Golden Shaheen was run on.

Kinsale King handled the surface well, drilling 1:00.20 for five furlongs on Feb. 21 and 48.40 seconds for four furlongs on Feb. 28.

The Golden Shaheen was his fourth straight win since joining O'Callaghan's barn.

"We took him to Golden Gate to work him on the Tapeta surface there, and he went well, and he traveled over here well," O'Callaghan said in a television interview after the race.

Baze does well at Turfway

Sandwiched between a three-win day here Friday and two more wins Sunday, leading rider Russell Baze had a pretty good day Saturday at Turfway Park.

He won the Rushaway Stakes with Exhi ($19.20) and finished second, beaten a neck, in the Bourbonette aboard Age of Humor. He finished third aboard favored Connemara in the Grade 2 Lane's End and fifth aboard Kera's Kitten in the Hansel.

* Golden Gate is planning special activities for children during the Easter racing program on Sunday. There will be an Easter egg hunt in the paddock at 11:30 a.m. as well as pony rides, bounce houses, face painting, and balloon artists. There will also be a special Easter brunch in the turf club. Reservations are available by calling (510) 550-7390.