07/01/2007 11:00PM

Bonde angered by vet's decision


PLEASANTON, Calif. - Trainer Jeff Bonde was not a happy camper at the Alameda County Fair on Saturday.

He entered first-timer Tiz Madison in the Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes, and Tiz Madison chased Sassy Blend through quick early fractions before fading to fifth. Bonde was disappointed by the effort of the 2-year-old filly, who had trained superbly for her debut.

Things turned around Sunday when Run Brother Ron, running for the same connections as Tiz Madison, gave Bonde his second straight victory in the Everett Nevin Alameda Futurity for 2-year-olds.

What had Bonde and owner George Schmitt so upset Saturday was a decision by state veterinarian Dr. Don Dooley not to allow the administration of Lasix to Tiz Madison.

First-time use of bleeder medication is supposed to be approved at entry time, but leeway is often given if the request is made to the state veterinarian in a timely manner. Steward Darrel McHargue said the problem was that Dooley was not informed about the Lasix application until 24 hours after entry. He said that had the application been made later on the day entries were taken, it probably would have been allowed.

"It was in the Form and program that she would be using Lasix," Bonde said.

McHargue said stewards told Bonde he could scratch the filly, but Bonde said Schmitt and the other owners had been pointing to the race and had a large number of family and friends at the track.

As it turned out, Tiz Madison did not bleed, Bonde said.

Even with Lasix, Tiz Madison might have been hard-pressed to beat winner Carbella, who was mugged leaving the gate by Two Thirds Victory and was far back early. Carbella, who had been on the lead in both of her previous starts, was not rushed by jockey Chad Schvaneveldt and finished strong to edge past Livia La Vida Loca by three-quarters of a length.

Run Brother Run cruises

On Sunday, Bonde, Schmitt, and Phil Lebherz were all smiles as Run Brother Ron thoroughly dominated the Everett Nevin Alameda County Futurity from start to finish. They won last year's Everett Nevin with the filly Sharoana.

They also finished third Sunday with Deputy Bertrando, who will be better when he gets to stretch out around two turns. The entry caused a $41,709 minus show pool and a $416 minus place pool. Run Brother Ron has won 2 of 3 career starts. He finished second in the Willard Proctor on May 27 at Hollywood Park, and Bonde said he bruised his foot that day.

"Today, he was totally professional," Bonde said. "I have a lot of nice 2-year-olds, but he's the most progressed physically."

Run Brother Ron will be pointed to the Graduation Stakes on July 25 at Del Mar, Bonde said.

Smoke Till Dawn claimed on return

Classy old-timer Smoke Till Dawn, the former Golden Gate Fields record holder for six furlongs, returned after two years on the sidelines on opening day at the Alameda County Fair June 27. He ran second in a bottom-level $3,200 claimer and was claimed from trainer Kent Molinaro by trainer Billy Morey, who won a shake from John Martin, who had two different claims in for the 8-year-old.

Morey originally claimed Smoke Till Dawn from Martin on Nov. 28, 2003, and saw him set the Golden Gate record of 1:07.45 (since broken by Lost in the Fog's 1:07) in his first start for him on Dec. 17, 2003. Martin claimed him back for $16,000 that day and lost him for $32,000 to Molinaro in his next start.

"One of my partners called, and we decided to gamble," Morey said of the recent claim. "It was only about $1,000 each, and we thought we could have a little fun with him. He seemed to come back all right. If he can win one, we'll be thrilled."

Frey saddles Arabian pair

Trainer Dean Frey sends out a pair of interesting runners in Wednesday's $10,000 Pleasanton Arabian Distaff Stakes. Dunoire is undefeated in four career starts, while Bessemer, making her first start of the year, comes into the race with three straight stakes victories.

"This is definitely a tough race for an Arabian race," Frey said. "There are some nice mares out there now. With Dunoire, if you're 4 for 4, it's time to try something tougher, although I thought she was in pretty tough last time, and she won easily.

"With Bessemer, like with any horse, you try to make sure they're fit and work them up to it. I know she can ship, but I don't know how Dunoire will handle it."

Triple 7 promotion

Saturday is 7-7-07 if you're keeping count, and chaplain David Corrales will conduct a special ceremony from the winner's circle following the seventh race for couples who wish to renew their wedding vows.

The Fair will continue a special promotion from last year on Thursday with Jockey Photo Day as riders pose for pictures in the paddock between races.