05/26/2006 12:00AM

Can't Stop Slew can stalk or lead


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Five 3-year-olds, each seeking his second career win, headline Sunday's Bay Meadows feature, a $40,000 starter allowance at 1 1/16 miles. The race is for runners that have never won two races and have run for a claiming price of $40,000 or less.

could live up to his name in the race. He actually graduated in straight maiden competition, but his career debut was in a $40,000 maiden claimer.

He broke a bit slowly in his debut, showing little early foot in the six-furlong sprint, but closed nicely despite racing wide the whole way. That prompted trainer Nick Hines to stretch him out to a mile and move him up to the straight maiden ranks. He dominated the field at Santa Anita, winning by 4 3/4 lengths.

Taking advantage of Can't Stop Slew's eligibility in a claim-proof starter allowance, Hines sent the 3-year-old gelding north, where he made his turf debut. He sat off a brisk pace and stuck his head in front late in the lane only to be caught at the wire in the 1 1/16-mile race.

Can't Stop Slew should be able to get another good stalking trip here with the presence of Brite Gem, who is stretching out for the first time after running second in two sprints at this level.

But Can't Stop Slew's jockey - the veteran Roberto Gonzalez, who started the week off with three wins on Wednesday's card - is at his best with a horse that shows speed. Gonzalez could lay down a challenge to early and let Can't Stop Slew go for the lead, knowing he has a runner who is proven around two turns.

might try to add to the pace duel, which could set things up for Freesophistication or Ace in Spades to sit back and make strong runs late.

Gilchrist works his big three

Trainer Greg Gilchrist sent out his three stars for Friday morning works at Golden Gate Fields.

Eclipse sprint champion Lost in the Fog worked an easy five furlongs in 1:00.40, third-best of 23 works at the distance, as he simply maintained his readiness for Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Aristides at six furlongs at Churchill Downs.

Victorina, who will make the trip to Kentucky with Lost in the Fog to compete in the Grade 3, $150,000 Dogwood Breeders' Cup at one mile, had the best work of the day at five furlongs, clocking 59.20.

Smokey Stover, Gilchrist's third star, had an easy 49.20 half-mile drill that was fifth-best of 23 at the distance. He is looking for a place to run, as intended stakes at both Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows failed to fill this month.