04/14/2005 11:00PM

Bonde and Baze give their horse sizeable boost


Sunday's six-furlong feature at Bay Meadows may be short on numbers - just five horses are entered - but it is long on quality. Any of the quintet is eligible to win the feature, a $33,000 allowance with a $50,000 claiming option, which goes as the second race on a nine-race card.

As usual, the money figures to roll toward jockey Russell Baze, aboard Peak a Bootrando.

A 4-year-old son of Bertrando, Peak a Bootrando comes off a smashing score. He dueled for the lead here March 23 against $32,000 claimers in the mud and drew off to win handily over I Love Racing and Dontcallmefrisco, both multiple winners.

was claimed that day by Jeff Bonde from Jerry Hollendorfer. Not only is Bonde superb first off a claim (27 percent) but it's encouraging that he moves Peak a Bootrando up more than the mandatory 25 percent in claiming price. Peak a Bootrando breaks from post 2.

, trained by Adam Kitchingham, breaks from the rail. He comes off a dull outing against this same caliber, but before that dominated first-level allowance foes, going wire to wire. That Feb. 5 win gave him a string of main-track Beyer Speed Figures of 92, 94, 93, 90, and 90. He came back with a dull 60 March 3 but had trouble that day and can certainly do better. Dennis Carr rides.

Rae's Totts was a solid third, finishing ahead of You Crack Me Up, in that March 3 optional claiming spot. Trained by John Anderson, Rae's Totts would benefit from a hot, contested pace, as he does his best running in the lane. Frank Alvarado rides.

Sempai, from the hot Bill Morey barn, has not raced since last June. The 7-year-old Sempai, however, boasts ample back class and has worked strongly for his first outing for Morey. He does his best work on the lead, and if he is ready off the layoff could be dangerous up front. Roberto Gonzalez rides.

Kool Suggestion could be the spoiler for Jeff Mullins, one of the hottest trainers on the Southern California circuit. Kool Suggestion comes off a decent turf route at Santa Anita April 2, when he made the running only to falter late to fifth. He was beaten only two lengths. This is certainly a better distance and surface for him, and after facing Southern California hotshots like Verkade and Grand Appointment, Kool Suggestion looms a threat here. David Lopez rides.