10/04/2007 11:00PM

Gilchrist runs stakes-placed duo

EmailSAN MATEO, Calif. - Two of trainer Greg Gilchrist's top 2-year-old prospects are entered in the co-features at Bay Meadows on Sunday.

This Side Up, runner-up to injured stablemate Indyanne in the Bay Meadows Debutante, drew the rail in the fifth race. She meets six rivals in an optional $40,000 claimer at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf. None of the fillies has raced on turf.

Fort Funston, runner-up in the Sept. 15 Bay Meadows Juvenile, has seven rivals in the seventh race, including Thundering Justice and Orientate Me, who ran third and fourth in the Juvenile. They meet in a $40,000 optional claimer at six furlongs.

The Debutante on Sept. 8 was the second start for This Side Up, and she faces a tough test here in her two-turn debut. This Side Up is by the Montrook sire Outofthebox, so she doesn't seem particularly bred for turf or two turns. Gilchrist sees the Sunday race as an opportunity to see if she'll outrun her pedigree.

"I'll probably give you the same answer everyone else entered in the race would," Gilchrist said. "I want to see if she'll go farther and if she likes the turf. This is a good opportunity for young horses to do that."

Also in the race is Wild Baby Girl, who won her debut and then finished fifth in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante in her second start on Sept. 3. She has three good works since that race.

Lady Railrider, third in the Bay Meadows Debutante, four lengths behind This Side Up, also is entered, as is Shes a Lucky Wager, the runner-up in the Wine Country Juvenile at Santa Rosa. She won a $40,000 starter allowance in her next start on Aug. 29.

Fort Funston pleased Gilchrist with his second to Sierra Sunset in the Bay Meadows Juvenile. He was pinned inside Thundering Justice as the two battled head-and-head on the lead, which set things up for Sierra Sunset. Fort Funston did finish ahead of Thundering Justice in that race.

Fort Funston is drawn outside Thundering Justice this time but is inside of Good Man Dan, who set a pressured pace in the Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity before fading.

Also entered is Orientate Me, who lacked room at the quarter pole in the Bay Meadows Juvenile just when he seemed ready to make his move.