04/28/2004 11:00PM

Gold Rush bust Bold Roberta can make amends in Woodside

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SAN MATEO, Calif. - San Francisco Bay Area breeder-owners Sheila and Larry Ullmann were disappointed last Saturday when their 6-year-old mare Bold Roberta ran a distant seventh in the B. Thoughtful Handicap at Hollywood Park's Gold Rush Day for California-breds.

But last weekend's disappointment could turn into this weekend's celebration when Bold Roberta runs in Sunday's $55,000-added Woodside Handicap at Bay Meadows. The six-furlong sprint attracted three other multiple stakes winners, Channing Way, Christmas Time, and Pheiffer.

"She hates Hollywood Park," said Larry Ullmann, who is now second-guessing his decision to run her last week.

"She didn't put out," Sheila Ullmann said.

So the Ullmanns and Don Warren, their Southern California trainer, agreed they should consider the race little more than a workout and bring her back quickly.

"There's not much left until Del Mar so we'll give her a little rest after this," Larry Ullmann said.

After a summer campaign at Del Mar and a return to Fairplex and possibly a last trip to Cal Cup at Santa Anita, Bold Roberta will be retired and sent to Three Chimneys in Kentucky, where she will be bred to either Sky Mesa or Point Given.

She has run 47 times with 6 wins, 6 seconds, 15 thirds, and earnings of $431,904.

By Bold Badgett, an unraced son of Damascus who became one of California's better sires before his death in 2001, Bold Roberta has an attractive pedigree. And, as Larry Ullmann pointed out, "She's sounder than most of them running right now."

The Ullmanns have 25 broodmares and shares in four stallions. The have bred a number of solid runners and had four claimed from them for a combined total of $115,000 already this year. Since Jan. 1, 2003, the Ullmanns have made $250,000 from horses claimed from them.

Before Bold Roberta's retirement, there is still plenty of running to do, and Larry Ullmann expects an effort on Sunday similar to her second-place finish in the Sunshine Millions.

"She'd worked so well at Santa Anita the week before that last race that I was convinced to try," he said. "It was a shock, but she never even tried."

The Ullmanns, who claimed their first horse, Tana Kacy, at Golden Gate Fields in 1975, live near Pleasanton, and start many of their runners with trainers Carmela and John Anderson, who are based there.

But they are no longer race exclusively in northern California.

"We want to make money, and you have to go where the money is," Sheila Ullmann said. "But we always try to do what's best for our horses.

"And [Bold Roberta] has shown she can rebound quickly. Last year she won two stakes at Fairplex seven days apart."