08/14/2001 12:00AM

'Bruneau' back on short rest


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Bruneau Time, who won a $32,000 starter allowance over the track Aug. 9, wheels right back to head a field of seven in Thursday's $32,000 allowance feature for fillies and mares at Bay Meadows.

The competition in the six-furlong race is not easy, but Bruneau Time is fresh and sharp, and should benefit from her recent outing over the track. She has only raced four times since returning from a seven-month layoff on June 14. She raced well in three of those outings, and had a legitimate excuse in her only poor effort.

On July 15, she only missed by a neck in a $40,000 claiming race on the Hollywood Park turf, and then she scored her solid victory in the $32,000 starter allowance here last Thursday. Bruneau Time is a 3-year-old, but beat older foes last time. She is trained by Don Roberson.

The main threats are probably the lightly raced duo of Portage Lake and Full Moon Lady. Portage Lake, from the Jerry Hollendorfer stable, has only started twice. In her career debut at Bay Meadows on June 13, she was bet down to 7-5 and finished second to the more experienced Crystal Forest, who is also in Thursday's race. Next, she went to Pleasanton where she won a maiden race at 1-5. She dueled for the lead to the stretch, then drew off to win by a little more than two lengths.

Full Moon Lady has only run three times, and won her first two starts in impressive fashion before finishing far back in an allowance race at Hollywood Park. Trained by Art Sherman, Full Moon Lady went wire to wire in winning a $20,000 maiden-claiming race at Golden Gate and a $32,000 starter at Bay Meadows, but broke out, was bumped, and never got close to the lead in the Hollywood Park race. She should be a strong factor with a clean start.