05/23/2006 11:00PM

'Einstein' won't get easy lead

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SAN MATEO, Calif. - If people are known by the company they keep, so, too, are horses.

Call it class. Call it company lines. It comes out the same.

Combine that quality with speed, and you have a horse worth a long look in Friday night's Bay Meadows feature, a first-level allowance race at one mile.

Dr. Einstein set the pace before being passed in the lane by Kentucky Derby participant Point Determined in February. He also set the pace when he was runner-up to stablemate Passive Income in an overnight stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

Add in the human connections, with the perennial Bay Meadows leading trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer, and top jockey Russell Baze, and you get what may be a heavy favorite.

Despite his speed and wire-to-wire running style in his two career victories, Dr. Einstein has run well from just off the pace as well. He may need to do that here.

Entered against him is Welfare Cadillac, who set the pace when the two met on May 7. That race, however, was on the turf, and Dr. Einstein didn't seem all that comfortable on the surface. He was gaining on the second turn when he ran into a traffic jam near the quarter pole. He steadied and never regained his momentum.

It's not just Welfare Cadillac who could keep Dr. Einstein off the lead early.

Spunky Harry, third behind Smokey Stover and Midwesterner in an overnight stakes, has shown stalking speed in sprints and tries two turns for the first time Friday night. He, too, should be a pace factor.

Flying Incognito, stepping up off a claim, actually led Dr. Einstein early in their only meeting, when Dr. Einstein sat in second, took the lead into the lane, and then was headed late by R Fat Man.

* Baze apparently escaped serious injury when Spanish Eyes suffered a fatal breakdown in the second race Wednesday at Bay Meadows. Baze took off his remaining mounts.

Baze walked to the ambulance on the main track. He was scheduled to have his left ankle and pelvis X-rayed.

* Saturday's scheduled $60,000 Determined Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles will not be run because of a lack of nominations.