09/16/2005 12:00AM

First-timer has much in favor


SAN MATEO, Calif. - The seven 2-year-old colts in the second race Sunday at Bay Meadows will be trying something new - running two turns on the turf.

Only one runner in 7 1/2-furlong maiden race, Sweet Roberto, has tried two turns before, fading badly to fifth after engaging in a pace duel in a one-mile maiden race on the main track at Del Mar on Aug. 25.

Only one runner, Two Trails, has set foot on the grass, and that was in a half-mile turf work Wednesday.

One runner, Ocean Melody, makes his debut as he ships north for trainer Neil Drysdale.

Drysdale has sent three runners here during the current meeting, recording 1 win and 1 third. Luis Jauregui, who used to ride here and currently competes in Southern California, will accompany Ocean Melody north.

Drysdale is known for the many champions he has developed, but he is also successful with young horses: He wins 24 percent with first-timers and 44 percent with 2-year-olds, showing a $2.22 flat-bet profit with them. He also wins 26 percent with first-timers on the turf, showing a $3.78 flat-bet profit with those runners.

Ocean Melody possesses superior turf breeding and probably wants to go longer. He is by Giant's Causeway, a champion in Europe, a multiple Group 1 winner, and second in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Giant's Causeway stands for $200,000. Ocean Melody is from a stakes-placed Alydar mare. He is also a half brother to stakes winner Fisher Pond.

Ocean Melody has only one small gap in his workout line. Drysdale usually works horses in company, and that helps his horses prepare for a real race.

Sweet Roberto, by Red Ransom, also has good turf breeding and has been racing down south.

* Undefeated 3-year-old Lost in the Fog worked a half-mile in 47.20 seconds at Golden Gate Fields on Friday as he continues preparation for the Bay Meadows Speed Handicap on Oct. 1 and the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Oct. 29. Trainer Greg Gilchrist said Lost in the Fog would work again either next Friday or Saturday, probably at Bay Meadows.