04/05/2008 12:00AM

First time on turf for most of these


SAN MATEO, Calif. - It definitely wasn't a handicapper who expressed the sentiment "a little knowledge is a dangerous thing."

A little knowledge could prove helpful in a pair of turf races on Monday's Bay Meadows card.

Five of the seven 3-year-olds running in a one-mile starter allowance will be making their turf debuts, and the other two have tried turf only once.

Could a little knowledge unlock some secrets that might prove valuable in trying to put together the puzzle of what to expect in the race?

Carson's Melody finished second last time out, losing a photo after setting the pace in his turf debut. His sire, Lord Carson, has sent out just five debut winners from 105 horses who have tried the turf.

Those 105 runners have made another 262 starts on turf and recorded 41 victories, winning at a 16-percent clip. That stat could be more significant than the 0-for-5 record on the turf, dating back to Jan. 1, 2007, of his trainer, Dan Markle.

Roman Account faded badly in his route and turf debut as a 2-year-old. He could be ready for two turns again.

While he is the first offspring of his sire, Roman Dancer, to try turf, he is by a stakes-winning, Grade 1-placed mare and is a half-brother to Stephen Bruce, who notched four turf victories.

Scott's Spirit, a half-brother to turf winner Honor Spirit, will make his turf debut here.

Six of the eight 3-year-old fillies entered in a $32,000 maiden claimer at 1 1/16 miles will be making their turf debuts.

Ptown Dixie is a full sister to Beautiful Dixie and trained by the same trainer, John Anderson. Beautiful Dixie won three turf races and was stakes-placed on the turf.

Ptown Dixie showed mild improvement when stretched out in her second start last time. Some will focus on the 21 lengths by which she was beaten when she finished third last out, and overlook the six lengths she had on the fourth-place finisher.

Steel the Honour is out of a stakes-placed dam, while his sire, Honour and Glory, enjoys good success with his firsters on the turf (25 for 231). Steel the Honour is a half-brother to Justinplace, who won 3 times in 10 turf starts.

Recess tried turf last time down south and returns north, running again for a claiming price. She did little on the turf after hanging around some slow fractions early, but at least she has turf experience.