03/16/2004 12:00AM

Filly out for three in a row


ALBANY, Calif. - Trainer Greg Gilchrist liked Callmelauryn from the first time he saw her at a yearling sale in Washington.

She has lived up to his expectations and will be seeking her third straight victory in Thursday's Golden Gate Fields feature, a 1 1/16-mile first-level allowance race on the turf for 3-year-old fillies.

Callmelauryn got her maiden victory in her turf debut, then won a starter allowance race on the dirt by nine lengths, pulling away in the stretch without being asked.

Callmelauryn, who makes her sixth start Thursday, finished third in her first start, beaten 9 1/2 lengths by winner Heavenly Humor, with Bending Strings second.

"She was beaten pretty bad the first time, but those were two very good fillies," Gilchrist said.

She then ran third as the favorite in her second start. Both those races were at six furlongs.

Callmelauryn was favored again in her third start, when she tried two turns for the first time, taking the lead in the lane before settling for third. She is undefeated since, winning on both turf and dirt.

"It's apparent that six furlongs is not what she wants to run," Gilchrist said. "In fact, I don't think they could write a race too long for her. Her last two races have been bang-up performances, so we're just following a logical pattern of just keep stepping her up."

Callmelauryn figures to get a stalking trip in a race that does not appear to have much pace.

Corporal Greiner has some speed, although she sat back a bit in her last start, which came after a six-week layoff.

Dancing Coins appears the one most likely to go for the lead. She won two straight before running second at this level in her last start. Thursday's race will be her turf debut.

Gulfstream invader Chasing Amy will be making her California debut after graduating on turf at Thursday's distance in her first try on grass or around two turns.

Gilchrist likes his chances Thursday with Callmelauryn.

"She's already won on the turf," he said. "As far as liking this turf, that should be no problem."

Another try for El Dorado Shooter

El Dorado Shooter, last in his comeback in the Feb. 21 Ken Maddy Sprint Handicap, is scheduled to run in Saturday's $55,000 Danville Handicap at six furlongs.

Also nominated are stakes winners Green Team, Boston Common, More Crafty, My Captain, Con Quixote, Sirpa, and Texas Chili.