09/18/2005 11:00PM

Filly's versatility says something


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Trainer Steve Miyadi is particularly adept at stretching out his horses, something he did successfully Saturday with Somethinaboutlaura, who was also making her first start on the turf as she recorded her initial stakes victory in the $75,650 at Bay Meadows.

Miyadi deflected credit for the victory to owner Mark Cornett, who suggested the 1 1/16-mile Palo Alto as an alternative to the $60,000 CTBA Marian Stakes, at the same distance, for California-bred 3-year-old fillies Monday at Fairplex.

Cornett, who went into partnership with Robert Beck earlier this year, sent the stakes-winning Lunachick to Miyadi earlier this year before purchasing Somethinaboutlaura.

Somethinaboutlaura now has five wins in seven starts, and made things look easy Saturday. In her first race beyond seven furlongs, she sat just behind Bad Anne, made a good move into the stretch, and then held off odds-on Conveyor's Angel, who moved wide and seemed to hang a bit in the lane.

"Those are two things a handicapper doesn't like to see," Miyadi said about the surface and distance shifts, "but she's not supposed to have done anything she's done, so we decided to take a shot."

Miyadi was pleased with the way the filly relaxed, as was jockey Russell Baze.

"Like everyone, I expected her to be on the lead, but Russell read the situation well," Miyadi said.

"Halfway around the first turn, she dropped the bit and relaxed nicely," Baze said. "When she galloped by the leader and took the lead, she got to goofing off in the lane, and I had to keep her mind on running."

Fine-tuning Lost in the Fog

Trainer Greg Gilchrist will likely make his final decision Wednesday about undefeated Lost in the Fog's final workout for the Oct. 1 Bay Meadows Speed Handicap, but it likely will be Friday at Golden Gate Fields. Gilchrist was weighing his options of whether to work Friday or Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, where the colt is stabled, or Bay Meadows.

Baze, the colt's regular rider, is scheduled to be out of town for a riding assignment Saturday, which could influence Gilchrist's decision.

Dozen nominees for turf sprint

Twelve Cal-bred runners were nominated for Saturday's $100,000 California Turf Sprint Championship at five furlongs.

Bonfante, scratched from the California Turf Championship at one mile on Labor Day, is weighted at 119 pounds, one pound below co-highweights Areyoutalkintome and McCann's Mojave.

Bonfante has never been better. He has won three straight stakes and has won sprinting on the turf before. He was a late scratch from the California Turf Championship after suffering a minor foot problem when he was being reshod before the race.

Areyoutalkintome was second to the ill-fated Green Team when this race was run on the main track last year. McCann's Mojave is a multiple stakes winner, including the Grade 2 Potrero Grande, and was second in the Grade 1 Triple Bend two starts back.

Madison Meadows heads feature

Madison Meadows, making her third start following a seven-month layoff, seems the one to beat in a first-level allowance race at 1 1/16 miles on the turf in the Wednesday feature.

The stakes-placed filly has seven rivals as she comes north for this.

Galloping Angel, who won her maiden at Golden Gate Fields in May but was pulled up and vanned off in her next start at Del Mar, could be the primary rival.

Benefit for injured rider

A Sept. 26 golf tournament has been scheduled to raise funds for jockey Myra Truitt, severely injured in a race in Oklahoma earlier this year.

The tournament will be held at Spring Valley Golf Club in Milpitas, Calif. The entry fee is $125, including lunch, dinner, range balls, cart, and tee prizes.

"She was injured in a state that doesn't have workers' comp," said agent Ray Harris, who joined racing official Paul Nicolo in putting the tournament together.

More information is available from Harris or Nicolo.

One-day-only voucher

Bay Meadows trumpeted a Saturday wallet giveaway that included a mystery voucher inside. The catch was that the voucher could be used Sunday only.

That part of the promotion was never made clear in track and television announcements but did appear in written copy about the promotion.

The track's hope was that fans would return Sunday to cash the vouchers, but many fans expressed displeasure Saturday when they found out they could not cash the vouchers right away. Bay Meadows officials claimed to have a slight increase in attendance Sunday, although no figures were released.