10/15/2001 11:00PM

Chumaree cranked up for belated 2001 debut

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Chumaree makes his first start since winning a maiden race at Del Mar last year Thursday in the $32,000 seventh race at Bay Meadows. He resurfaces in a six-furlong, first-level optional claimer that attracted a total of eight 3-year-olds.

A son of Hennessy, Chumaree has raced twice and ran well both times. Both of his starts came last year, but he has been training well for his return for trainer Eduardo Inda. In his last workout at Santa Anita, he went five furlongs in 57.80, the fastest of 35 works at the distance that morning.

Chumaree rallied after a slow start at Hollywood Park in his debut and finished fourth in a straight maiden race. He scored a half-length victory in his only other start. Leading rider Russell Baze has the call Thursaday.

Meanwhile, leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer saddles Stocks Are Rising and Heaven Treat. Stocks Are Rising has three wins, including one at this level. He will be in for a $40,000 tag on Thursday. Last start, at Vallejo, Stocks Are Rising set the pace to the stretch but tired to finish third in a mile allowance race. He also showed speed while finishing fourth in the $250,000 Snow Chief Handicap at Hollywood Park.

Heaven's Treat also has an allowance win, and will be in for $40,000. Heaven's Treat finished sixth in the $150,000 Golden Gate Derby earlier this year. Last out, Heaven's Treat dueled for the early lead and weakened to wind up fourth behind At the Dock.

Booth Bay and Vallarta also deserve consideration. Booth Bay has won three of his four starts. He began his career in December 2000 and beat $12,500 maidens. In his next race, at Golden Gate Fields, he defeated a group of $20,000 claimers and was claimed from that race by trainer Dan Markle.

After showing little in his next try, in allowance company, Booth Bay was given a vacation. He returned here on Sept. 30 and won a $25,000 claiming race by a half-length.

In his last start, Vallarta gave way against tougher allowance company. Before that, Vallarta ran second, beaten a neck, in a mile allowance race over the turf. Vallarta won two races at Bay Meadows earlier this year.

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