Updated on 09/18/2011 1:28AM

Bold Chieftain, Proudinsky earn praise


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Bill Morey Jr. and Humberto Ascanio were replaying Sunday's running of the Bay Meadows Derby as they toasted each other after Proudinsky's solid victory over Bold Chieftain.

Morey, who bred and trains Bold Chieftain, was just as proud of his second-place finish as Ascanio, Bobby Frankel's assistant in Southern California, was of Proudinsky's first U.S. victory.

It wasn't the first time a Frankel-trained horse had defeated a Morey-trained horse. In the 2001 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker, the Frankel-trained Euchre defeated the Morey-trained Dixie Dot Com.

"I can never beat him," Morey said.

Sunday's Grade 3 Bay Meadows Derby was a good race for both those runners, as well as the Bill Delia-trained Bedlam Bertie, who set most of the pace and held on for third. The easy pace was not conducive to runners coming from behind, something winning jockey Pat Valenzuela sensed early on as he maneuvered Proudinsky into a stalking position while keeping an eye on Russell Baze and Bold Chieftain, who were stalking outside of Bedlam Bertie.

The course was listed as good, and Ascanio said the fact it was playing a bit softer than normal probably helped Proudinsky. The about 1 1/8-mile distance didn't hurt him, either.

Valenzuela called Frankel asking for a chance to ride the colt after working him.

"I feel this is a very good horse," Valenzuela said, and he was proven correct.

Baze said Bold Chieftain dug in when Proudinsky made his move.

"After watching replays, though, I know Patrick had me whenever he wanted," Baze said.

"I had a lot of horse in the lane, but I figured he would, too," Valenzuela said.

Valenzuela had the most horse.

Ascanio said the Hollywood Derby was probably next on Proudinsky's agenda.

Morey said the $100,000 Sir Beaufort at one mile on opening day at Santa Anita might be next for Bold Chieftain.

Baze saves himself a trip

Baze, who enters the week only 28 wins behind Laffit Pincay Jr.'s all-time record 9,530 wins, stayed at Bay Meadows on Saturday rather than travel to Turf Paradise to ride Smokey Stover in the $40,000 Saguaro Stakes.

Smokey Stover, back a little farther early than usual, dueled with Sailors Sunset the length of the stretch but couldn't get by, losing by a half-length in 1:07.75 for six furlongs.

Trainer Greg Gilchrist still is considering the Grade 1 Malibu at seven furlongs for Smokey Stover, and said he would like to find a race for him in early December before the Dec. 26 Malibu.

One of the reasons Baze stayed at Bay Meadows was to ride Show Me Your Money, a talented 3-year-old owned in part and trained by Jerry Hollendorfer. Show Me Your Money won an allowance race Sunday to improve his record to 2 for 2.

Show Me Your Money sold for only $27,000 at Ocala in April 2005, despite the fact all three of his siblings have earned more than $120,000. Trickey Trevor, one of the siblings, won the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap on Derby Day this year.

Ensign Moranski one to beat

Six 2-year-old fillies meet in Wednesday's feature, a $40,000 starter allowance at six furlongs. Ensign Moranski, second at even-money in a similar spot in her second career start, at Bay Meadows Oct. 19, appears the one to beat. She'll meet Brought It, whom she beat by three in her last start, recent maiden winners Beautyontheloose, St. James River and Bel's Song, and Jet Jockey, who lost a photo in the final strides last out.

Attima tops Palo Alto nominees

Twenty-one 3-year-old fillies were nominated to Saturday's $55,000-added Palo Alto Handicap at 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf. Multiple Grade 2 winner Attima heads the list. She won the Honeymoon Breeders' Cup at Hollywood Park and San Clemente at Del Mar, both on the turf.

Multiple stakes winner Bai and Bai, who won the Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies last year, could make her first start in the Palo Alto since running second in the $200,000 Melair at Hollywood Park on April 30.

Cinderella Liberty, who won two stakes at Emerald Downs as a

2-year-old, could make her first start in nine months in the race. And Secret Scheme, who scored a wire-to-wire victory over Victorina in the Noe Valley in her last start Sept. 16, was also nominated. Other stakes winners nominated to the Palo Alto are Citronnade and Oliver the Moon.

Pacific Heat eyes spring return

Pacific Heat, who has two wins and a second in his career, is recovering from surgery to remove a small bone chip in an ankle. Breeder-owner-trainer Lloyd Mason expects the talented 2-year-old to be ready to run again in the spring.

Pacific Heat apparently suffered the injury in his gritty nose victory over Vicarino in an allowance race at Golden Gate Fields on Sept. 29.