05/29/2001 11:00PM

Filly may remember how to win


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Dance for Fun, who has finished second in her last four starts, seems to deserve another chance in Friday night's featured $32,000 starter allowance race for fillies and mares.

The six-furlong race is restricted to fillies and mares who have started for a claiming price of $32,000 or less and have never won two races. Dance for Fun, owned by Golden Eagle Farm, trained by Greg Gilchrist, began her career on Feb. 3 at Golden Gate Fields by winning a $12,500 maiden claiming race by seven lengths. She has finished second in every start since then, including three $32,000 starter allowances and a first-level allowance race. She will be facing older foes for the first time Friday night but still seems to rate a narrow edge.

Others who must be considered include Molly or Me, an invader from Turf Paradise who raced in a minor stakes on turf last time and should fit with these, and Keeping Up, a 4-year-old who finished second in a $32,000 starter most recently.

As the track moves near the end of a period of 22 racing days in 26 days, the fields are getting smaller and cheaper. On Friday night, there are from five to eight entrants in each of the eight races. In addition to the featured race, there are three maiden claiming races, a $16,000 claiming race for 3-year-olds, a $12,500 claiming race for 3-year-old fillies, a $6,250 claimer for fillies and mares, and a $5,000 claimer for fillies and mares.

* Former trainer Bill Mastrangelo is sponsoring a bowling tournament Monday at 12:30 p.m. in Livermore to benefit the ALS Research Foundation. The entry fee is $25, and dinner is included. For more information, call (925) 447-5600.