07/17/2005 11:00PM

Desert Boom another local who made good


VALLEJO, Calif. - Northern California-based horses have been making their presence felt across the nation, among them the undefeated Lost in the Fog and Ema Bovary, who won nine straight before being retired in February. Northern California's leading trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer, has shipped a number of runners successfully, including Adreamisborn, who won last year's Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs.

Add Desert Boom to the list.

Trainer Art Sherman shipped Desert Boom and O.K. Corral to Canterbury Park for the Claiming Crown last week, and came home with a victory in the $150,000 Claiming Crown Jewel with Desert Boom and a second with O.K. Corral in the $100,000 Claiming Crown Tiara. Both horses are owned by Robert Bone, who also won a race in the 2004 Claiming Crown.

Sherman came away impressed with Canterbury, which is located in a suburb of Minneapolis.

"It's a nice plant, and they really go first cabin," Sherman said. "I told Robert Bone he has to claim some more and go back again next year."

Desert Boom's victory in the 1 1/8-mile Jewel was reminiscent of his win in the Grade 3 Berkeley in his previous start. In the Berkeley, he broke sharply and turned back Yougottawanna for a wire-to-wire win.

On Saturday, in oppressive heat and humidity, he got the jump on Lord of the Game and was never seriously challenged. Desert Boom set a stakes record of 1:47.32.

"He seemed to ship great, even though there was a big difference in humidity," said Sherman, who will nominate Desert Boom to the Longacres Mile, where he will likely meet Yougottawanna again.

Sherman was pleased with the effort of O.K. Corral, whom he claimed from trainer Steve Miyadi for $20,000 on June 12, although he said jockey Roberto Gonzalez, who rode both of his horses, thought she should have caught the winner, Inhonorofjohnnie.

"I really think down deep she could have been best," Sherman said. "On the first turn, [Gonzalez] was kind of strangling her. She got tucked in and couldn't get out for a while on the second turn. When she did, the winner had built a big lead."

Beezer surpasses expectations

Beezer's $60.80 victory in the $51,500 Vacaville Handicap on Saturday at Solano was almost as surprising to trainer Chuck Jenda as it was to the bettors.

"I was hoping she could get up for third and earn some black type," Jenda said.

That looked like the best she could hope for, as dueling front-runners Storminbayoubabe and Yerevan Star pulled away from the rest of the field at the quarter pole. But under a ground-saving ride by Chad Schvaneveldt, who has won four of the five stakes contested on the fair circuit this year, Beezer rallied up the rail to defeat Yerevan Star by a neck.

"They went pretty fast early, and maybe it caught up with them," Jenda said.

Yerevan Star's trainer, Gloria Haley, made no excuses, but her filly flipped in the paddock, pinning Haley against the back wall.

The race was delayed when doctors attended to apprentice Peter Artieda, who had to bail when the quirky Ocean Quest had bolted in the previous race and seemed intent on running into a tractor parked in the homestretch chute. A helicopter was even dispatched to pick up Artieda, but he was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and was discharged Sunday morning with no serious injuries.

New steward on block

Scott Chaney is serving as steward at his second meet at the Solano County Fair, having debuted at Pleasanton.

Chaney, who was an assistant to trainer Darrell Vienna, who is also an attorney, earned a law degree from the University of Southern California and passed the bar in 1997. He passed the stewards test in April, the first time it was offered in California in seven years.

Being a steward requires more work than Chaney thought.

"The public and trainers see us as the people who watch races, but there's more administrative stuff than I realized," he said.

He will serve as a steward later this year in Southern California.

* Seven 3-year-olds meet in the feature of a strong Wednesday card at Solano. Royal Classic, who has been meeting better at Hollywood Park, is the probable favorite in the $40,000 optional claimer at one mile. Aizarunner and Night Gig will try to transfer their turf form to the main track.

* Nine 3-year-old fillies led by Lunachick, who won the Vallejo Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in her last start, were nominated for Saturday's Fairfield Stakes at Solano at six furlongs. Also among the nominees are Charming Colleen and Tense Wager, both stakes winner, and Court Seeker, who has won of her past two starts.