08/09/2006 11:00PM

Claiming Crown winner returns


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Trainer John Martin claimed Me My Mine for longtime client Richard Englander on June 8 with one goal in mind: run in the Claiming Crown Jewel at Canterbury Park.

The plan worked perfectly. Me My Mine won by a nose at Bay Meadows the day he was claimed for $40,000 and won by a head in the $138,000 Claiming Crown Jewel five weeks later.

seems perfectly spotted in a $62,500 optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles on the turf that tops the Saturday Bay Meadows Fair card.

"Even though we won that race, we're not going to lose our heads," Martin said. "Just because we won doesn't mean we should be thinking about a Grade 1 race. We have to play it right. I think the horse is well spotted. This is about the level he was running with here."

Me My Mine has won four of his past five starts and lost the other by a half-length. He has 10 victories and career earnings of $330,723.

Although he won the Claiming Crown Jewel in wire-to-wire style, he is unlikely to get the lead here with Megabyte and Shadow Raider in the field. But he is probably even better when sitting just off the pace.

While he won on the turf the day Martin claimed him, Me My Mine is only 1 for 16 with four seconds and a pair of thirds on turf.

"I think he likes dirt a little bit better, but that's what's offered here," Martin said.

Me My Mine, 6, looks ready to run, with two nice works since his return from Minnesota.

finished second in a pair of turf stakes here last fall, losing a photo to entrymate Adreamisborn in the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Handicap. He's 0 for 4 this year and has faded in his past two starts.

, just claimed down south, is going in better form, although he lost to Shadow Raider in his two tries over the turf here last year.