09/22/2001 12:00AM

A CLOSER LOOK at Bay Meadows races on 9/24



2nd Bay Meadows

Johnny Avenger

Clear in last and so was the show horse; this runner at least has some speed and figures to be rolling along early again; decent drill since the race, back to original rider; legit threat for all the money.


Back in the day this type used to be an automatic play; lack of speed at Del Mar concerns; the drop can't hurt and he does have a couple of morning spins over the track; clever barn, if this guy can run at all, this looks like the spot.

Orlando's Dream

Candi's Gold has hit with about 11% of his debuters in a 127 horse sample according to DRF stats; Candi's Gold graduated in second start, won 4 of 26, earned $876k, was best going long, won a Grade 2, was stakes place multiple times in Grade 1 company; one of 2 of dam's foals to race won; that runner graduated this year at 4, and has run second twice to boot; dam was stakes placed in Phoenix, won 4 of 23, banked $44k; can't toss.

Siyah Bebo

Siyah Kalem was 3 for 20 career for Walter Greenman; 4 of 6 of dam's foals to race won, 2 won as juveniles; the best was likely Siyah Prospect, who won 4 of 30 and almost 100 grand; dam was a stakes winner in Puerto Rico, won 4 of 27, earned $74k; they were all together in debut; that can sometimes signal an ordinary race; looms late threat.

Sheikh Fever

Sheikh Albabou has hit with about 11% of his debuters in a 86 horse sample according to DRF stats; Sheikh won the 1991 BC Sprint; dam's other foal to race won 3 times as a juvenile, was 12 for 31 overall, banked $131k; dam was third in only outing; don't fret about slow moves; trainer and his son seldom ask for speed in a.m.

-Brian Mulligan

3rd Bay Meadows

Chief Swan

Runner found out last time that the Fair circuit can be easy pickings; seems best when sent out of there early, gelding didn't make the lead last time and never really recovered; rider knows this guy and he probably figures to send hard and hope for the best; drop has to help.

N'all That Jazz

Has Indeed to deal with again, but like the fact runner kept trying to the end and was coming back on late; another that prefers the top, he's failed for Carr when unable to make the lead; clever barn helps cause, just might forget to stop.


Veteran knows where the wire is and he's fired off the bench in the past; tough beat in last comeback after he had a clear lead turning for home; runner seems best when allowed to roll early but there are others in here with designs of the front end; last 2 wins came on Fair circuit, he might need a race.

Why Indeed

Has stopped the last couple of times Baze has tried to wire the field; wonder if a tactical change is in the offing?; note runner did come from slightly off the pace when pushing the issue in May; all of his rivals have speed, so this may become a rider's race; check out all those minor awards before keying on top only.

Winthrop Joe

Had decent tightener at Sacramento; the race just might set up for him; he does appear to be the only entrant really capable of coming from off the early going; colt came from 8 lengths back to score at the Gate a couple of seasons back; don't sell too short.

-Brian Mulligan

4th Bay Meadows

Golden Fashion

Sure, he lost vs. restricted claimers last time, but his previous during the Fair meet here for a higher tag vs. open foes was rock solid; Carr was aboard for his last win, and both wins came here; playable.

My Kind of Day

No way to knock his recent stuff ? continues to fire bullets, has excellent speed and surely fits at this level; despite sizzling early last time he still held a clear lead and won geared down; dangerous.

Chip of Gold

Last wasn't very pretty, but it was vs. N1X foes, routing, on turf; none of that applies here as he's back in for a tag, back sprinting, back on dirt; just 2 back he stormed home to win going away for this price tag at this trip; and he doesn't need to come from the clouds as his good races here during the spring meet attest; major player.

Eura King

Love the way he stormed home, drilling cheaper restricted foes; must deal with open foes here and the one time he tried that at DMR it didn't work out so well; maybe he likes it here, and it's good to see the encouraging double class hike ? but sheesh wouldn't you feel better if Jerry's main man Baze had opted to stay here instead of going to Chip of Gold? still a threat.

Bay Morn

Looked good graduating in the Northwest; maybe it's a sign he's getting his act together; has tactical speed and should be plenty fit ? now it's a question of where he fits vs. winners and whether he likes it here, but he's still worth a long look at a price.

-Michael Hammersly

5th Bay Meadows

Irish Dowry

Sire gets about 4% turf winners according to DRF sire stats; sure can't knock her recent form, except that it was established on dirt, sprinting - today she's got to deal with turf, and routing, and note the one route showing, albeit in the slop, was pretty ugly; iffy.

Speedy Sami H

Handled this surface and a route beautifully here in June; off that big Aug. 10 win she went to the bench - what gives- usually when you get on your game you tend to keep racing; at least doesn't return for a tag off the claim - a good omen - Carr keeps the call; major player.


By a young sire who handled turf just fine for Paco out West a few years ago; filly hasn't done much wrong, though she is being asked to turf and route for the first time, with a class hike to boot; at least Alvarado sees fit to ride and the pedigree says those hurdles shouldn't be too much of a problem, though you never know, ya know- tricky read.

Deli Dancer

Sire hasn't had much success with turf runners but that's also from a very small sample; filly comes here sharp as a tack, with proven route ability and Mr. Baze keeping his spot in the saddle; worked well since and so long as the surface switch doesn't knock her for a loop then she's a huge threat - but why the surface switch- after all, if it ain't broke, why fix it?

Peninsula Heritage

Only turf try wasn't bad - opened up then fell apart late; if she can be a bit more patient early and save something then she's got a shot, because her other routes have been decent; Baze, Lumpkins, Gonzalez and Alvarado saw enough to ride in her last few, though none of them end up here today; mixed feelings.

Tears in the Rain

Turf bow was solid - she was 16-1 and was a non-threatening 3rd, but remember she was wide the whole way around; previous nice efforts show routing is her game, and it's not like she's facing any monsters here; food for thought.


A bit dull last time, but she showed here in June she can handle this course and a route just fine - in fact, you'll notice she gave Speedy Sami H fits that day; lack of speed is an issue - she needs all the breaks in terms of traffic and pace but if she gets it she's certainly dangerous here.


Sire gets about 7% turf winners; filly has plenty of decent routes on her ledger, and may be rounding into form coming off a nice win in her 2nd try after a number of months off; sure, the surface is an issue, but it's not like she's running into any turf monsters here; respect.

-Michael Hammersly

6th Bay Meadows

Mystic Pointe

Goes turf-to-dirt off February to September layoff, and will be cut in 1/2 in price for 2nd start back; drop is a concern.

Here Comes Marilyn

Late running mare would like to see a swift early pace develop in order to effectively employ late running tactics, and she may get her wish with a few early speed types lined up to her outside.

Jackpot Jan

She's known for late fades, but perhaps the turn back in distance will help her stay on to the wire;she's had some success at this track, but she needs to hold it together late.


6-year-old boasts plenty of experience, and like the fact that she has won two of her last three dirt starts; she's been away for better than 3 months, but can be a factor if ready to go off the bench.

Ice Box Raider

Wins have been tough to come by for quite some time for this mare, but she takes a sharp drop in class for this, and perhaps the will be the remedy she's looking for.

Planting Time

She owns good early speed, and enters this off impressive 5-length victory, but she'll be meeting better rivals today, and isn't likely to shake clear early.

Pearls N Lace

Looks like the controlling early speed, so if anyone is going to take this field gate-to-wire, this looks like the most likely candidate to do so; she knows what it takes to win races, so she looks like a serious player.

Coastal Fog

Both of her wins showing in her past performances have been earned in gate-to-wire fashion, and that may prove to be tough to do here with the speedy Pearls N Lace drawn just to her inside.

-Brian Pochman

7th Bay Meadows

Flying Alibi

Hasn't made much of an impact since clearing AN1X hurdle seven starts ago, and enters this off a July layoff; she lacks early speed in a race that projects to be kind to pace-setters, and pace-pressers, so looking elsewhere.

Maytown Misstree

She owns a solid overall turf mark, but she is another who may be at a tactical disadvantage considering the pace should be a controlled one in here; she's not out of it, but needs some luck.


She's hit the board in 8 of 12 turf starts, but is yet another who may find it tough to make up ground late; she appears to be entering this in good form making third start of current form cycle, but may prove to be better used underneath in exotics.

La Picara

X-factor hails from top outfit, and although she hasn't run in awhile, it's no secret that Drysdale is plenty capable of getting one ready off workouts; she's not meeting a stellar cast in North American debut, so can't eliminate.


Was a handy winner vs. cheaper when last seen returning from a near two month absence, and will now look to make it two in a row; Presence of Baze is definitely a plus, and she owns the tactical foot to be well placed throughout; serious threat. Ida Looks like the one to catch, and it won't be a shock to see her establish a comfortable early lead, and if she's left alone too long, she could prove tough to get to through the lane.


Consistent mare has developed a reputation for runnerup finishes as lifetime mark points out with 7 second place finishes from 18 starts; no question she's a good fit here, but prefer others for the top spot.

-Brian Pochman

8th Bay Meadows

Actin Like a Pro

Lone win came for a tag at Pln, but he's faced better in two starts vs. winners since and appears to have landed in a better spot here; work on 9/19 at GG looks O.K., so he could be set for a good effort. Factorability got loose on the lead, and moved on to an easy win vs. maidens last out, and now he'll strut his stuff vs. winners for the first-time; he's going to have to deal with the early speed of Acts Like a winner who is lined up just to his outside, so he'll need to be at his best.

Acts Like a Winner

Tried to blitz a field from the gate when last seen, but he wasn't able to keep it going for a full mile; he turns back to a sprint today, and suspect the tactics won't change any, so he must be feared for his speed.

Call to Honor

One for eighteen mark is hard to ignore, but he has put in a couple of decent efforts in his last two starts; nevertheless, it's tough to have confidence in him as a win prospect at this point.


Goes turf-to-dirt, and looked good winning maiden two starts back; his last should have him set up nicely for this, and it doesn't hurt that this will be the first time in his career he's made three consecutive starts.


Puts perfect mark on the line after winning debut at better than 21-1 with room to spare, and like the tactical skill he displayed in doing it; outside post in small field should be perfect, and wouldn't be at all surprised to see him hold his own vs. this lot.

-Brian Pochman