09/11/2007 11:00PM

Gilchrist has goal with pair

EmailSAN MATEO, Calif. - Like every trainer, Greg Gilchrist likes to win, but he has a special reason to hope for a victory in Friday's Bay Meadows feature, a 5 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-old maiden fillies.

Gilchrist sends out two first-timers, High Resolve and Sky Mystic.

He said he has two or three more 2-year-old maiden fillies "for the next race they write, so I'd like one to win here so that I can separate some of them."

The race drew seven entrants, including a Jerry Hollendorfer-trained entry of Christmas Ship and Diamond Commander.

High Resolve was a $135,000 Ocala purchase for Harry Aleo in April. Sky Mystic went for $400,000 at February's Fasig-Tipton sale at Calder. She was purchased by David and Jill Heerensperger, who also spent $375,000 on Indyanne, winner of both her starts at this meet.

"Both have worked well, and we've tried to go about it the right way," Gilchrist said. "They've worked from the gate. We've tried to do our job right. Now, it's up to them to do things right. But we have to remember we're dealing with 2-year-olds making their first starts."

High Resolve's dam, Shari's Glory, was a stakes winner at age 2. Five of her six previous foals are winners. Put It Back, High Resolve's sire, has seen 7 of 47 juvenile first-timers win.

Eight of Sky Mystic's nine siblings have won, with four earning black type. Three have won stakes, including Boston Bull, a stakes winner at age 2. Her sire, Sky Mesa, is just 1 for 22 with juvenile first-timers.

Friday's race seems a solid one. The four fillies who have run have hit the board in every start, and the first-timers have decent works.

Christmas Ship is the nominal leader of the Hollendorfer entry. She is a half-sister of Grade 2 stakes winner Trickey Trevor and a full sister of stakes-placed Brooklet.

Her entrymate, Diamond Commander, has a series of four six-furlong drills to wind up preparations for her debut.

Bandits to Riches was second in a $25,000 maiden claimer at Santa Rosa in her July 26 debut, losing by a nose.

Judged was second in an $80,000 maiden claimer Aug. 2 at Del Mar.

Tianjin was third, beaten 16 lengths by Indyanne, in her debut here opening day.