12/13/2004 12:00AM

Bonde tries to stay on roll


ALBANY, Calif. - No northern California trainer had a better weekend than Jeff Bonde.

On Saturday, he won the Oakland Handicap with Green Team. On Sunday, he unveiled an exciting prospect, California Choice, who may be the best 2-year-old on the grounds.

He even won a race Friday with veteran claimer Military Academy.

Bonde will try to keep the daily win streak going with Lyin Goddess in Wednesday's Golden Gate Fields feature, a $50,000 optional claimer for fillies and mares at one mile.

"She's been an in-and-outer," said Bonde, who saw Lyin Goddess win her debut in the Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes in his hometown of Pleasanton.

Lyin Goddess, who has twice been sidelined for six months, stepped over her condition to win her comeback earlier at this meet and then met a special allowance field filled with older stakes winners in her last start and finished sixth.

"I had a good feeling about her, but she didn't fire," said Bonde.

Lyin Goddess has good early speed and draws the rail for Wednesday's race. That would seemingly be a perfect setup for a filly who is trying a route for the first time.

But the field of six is brimming with speed, and, even if she gets the lead, Lyin Goddess is unlikely to get a breather. That could make her vulnerable to the likes of front-running Secret Corsage, who is stakes-placed three times going long, and Luxury Flight, who can sit back and outfinish the pacesetters.

Bonde has mixed success stretching runners out, but Lyin Goddess, a $110,000 Barretts purchase in 2003, has the pedigree to handle the distance, even though she has never attempted it.

"You try to lengthen their gallops and do a lot of things to prepare them [to stretch out]," Bonde said. "It's important to get them to relax."

Bonde can seemingly do no wrong of late.

"I can't believe everyone ignored him," he said before Green Team's race in the Oakland Handicap. "You watch, he'll make you eat it."

And Green Team did just that, bouncing quickly to the lead under Roberto Gonzalez and winning the six-furlong race by 3 1/4 lengths over Bluesthestandard in 1:07.77.

On Sunday, Bonde was delighted with the effortless performance of California Choice, who increased his margin at each call in winning a 5 1/2-furlong race by six over A.P. Dixie in 1:02.89.

It was widely considered the most impressive debut of the year for a northern California 2-year-old.

On Nov. 14, a Greg Gilchrist-trained 2-year-old, Lost in the Fog, earned a 102 Beyer for a 7 1/2-length victory in a five-furlong race.

Lost in the Fog was clocked in 21.75, 44.77, and 56.84. California Choice's fractions were 21.14, 44.11, and 56.29.

Jockeys suspended this week

Miguel Perez will sit out five days and Macario Rodriquez will sit out three this week after the jockeys were involved in separate riding incidents.

Perez will serve his suspension beginning Wednesday for an incident following the eighth race Dec. 5.

Perez was suspended "for willfully permitting his mount to impede another horse following the running" of the eighth race that day, when he sharply pulled up Hurricane Rose in front of Miss High Brow. Miss High Brow's rider, Dennis Carr, actually reached out with his whip to try to keep Hurricane Rose from stopping too quickly.

"I lost my cool," Perez said, saying he was upset because he was squeezed going into the turn of the six-furlong race.

Hurricane Rose seemed to get in down the stretch, putting Miss High Brow in a little tight, although she quickly got by Miss High Brow.

Suspensions occurring from incidents beyond the finish line are rare, but California Horse Racing Board Rule 1699 (d) and (f) does address the situation.

Rodriquez received three days, Friday through Sunday, for his ride aboard Native Judge in the fifth race on Dec. 8, "for failure to make a proper effort to maintain a straight course leaving the starting gate and causing interference."

Juveniles make stakes debuts

A pair of weekend races will offer 2-year-olds their first chances to run in stakes at the meet. The Gold Rush for colts will be held Saturday, and the Corte Madera for fillies is Sunday. Both $50,000-added races are carded for one mile.

A pair of six-furlong 2-year-old stakes, the Golden Bear for colts and Piedmont for fillies, were canceled last month.

The Gold Rush drew 12 nominees, including recent winners Booming Along, Chinese Checkers, and Danny Dingle, but the one to beat could be Seize the Day. Trained by Kristin Mulhall, Seize the Day finished third, beaten only two lengths by Declan's Moon, in the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue in his second career start.

Stakes winners Kachina Dream and Tense Wager as well as Cee's Irish, who lost a photo in the Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies before winning her maiden, seem the ones to beat among 13 nominees for the Corte Madera.