04/15/2003 11:00PM

Golden Marlin tries turf


LEXINGTON, Ky. - Hundreds of people were disappointed by what occurred following the Bourbonette Breeders' Cup Stakes at Turfway Park on March 22, but no one was more upset than Doug Glass.

Glass is a co-owner of Golden Marlin, who raced to an apparent victory in the Bourbonette, only to be disqualified for a bumping incident in midstretch. Glass - along with trainer Greg Foley, jockey Jason Lumpkins, and the many people who bet Golden Marlin down to 5-2 favoritism - strongly believed that the Turfway stewards' decision to award the Bourbonette winner's share to Adopted Daughter was unjustified, "but what are you going to do?" asked Glass, a Louisville businessman. "They took our number down, and that's that."

Friday, Glass and Foley will ship Golden Marlin to Keeneland from their Churchill Downs base in an attempt to recoup part of what was lost in the Bourbonette. Golden Marlin, by the grass star Marlin, is one of nine 3-year-old fillies entered in the 15th running of the $100,000 Appalachian Stakes.

Despite her pedigree, Golden Marlin will be making her career debut on grass. In large part because of that lack of turf experience, Golden Marlin probably will not be one of the favorites in the one-mile Appalachian, although she will have the ever-popular Pat Day riding, a factor that invariably suppresses a horse's odds at Keeneland.

To succeed at first asking on grass, Golden Marlin will have to outrun such horses as Ocean Drive, a Todd Pletcher-trained filly who will be making her first start in nearly five months after winning three straight grass races to open her career last year; Tangle, a Southern California shipper who is highly regarded by trainer Craig Dollase; Ebony Breeze, a winner of four straight races in south Florida, albeit none of them on grass; and Lady Prantlack, a Christophe Clement-trained filly who is unbeaten in two starts, both on grass.

Completing the Appalachian field are Destiny Calls, Buy Out Time, and Cheryl's Myth.

* Keeneland will be closed Sunday because of the Easter holiday. Following a three-day break, racing resumes here Wednesday for the final three cards of the 15-day spring meet. Live action on the Kentucky circuit moves to Churchill in Louisville a week from Saturday.