10/23/2001 11:00PM

Gotta Go to Work will be hard to catch


Gotta Go to Work heads a full field of 11 first-level allowance horses in Friday's sixth race at Bay Meadows.

Gotta Go to Work, a 3-year-old son of Lite the Fuse, has made only four starts in his career for trainer Terry Knight. He began his career in February at Golden Gate Fields downing a group of straight maidens.

Gotta Go to Work came right back in allowance company on March 9 and ran a very strong race to miss by only a nose in a rapid 1:08.80. He tired in his next start in March, finishing fourth, and then was given some time off. He returned here at this allowance level on Oct. 12 and ran a good race, finishing second to Aclare in 1:09.40 after setting the pace to midstretch. A repeat of that effort should make him hard to beat.

How Bout Jose and Captian Bell are likely to provide the major threats in the six-furlong feature. How Bout Jose has run only once for leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and rallied from just off the pace in a 5 1/2-furlong sprint on Oct. 11 to win by three-quarters of a length. He has a good half-mile work since. The main drawback will be post 1 in the large field.

Captian Bell has been racing against tough allowance company in Southern California and should find this spot a bit easier. He did finish third in a recent allowance try at Pomona and earlier this season he posted back-to-back victories at Hollywood Park and at Santa Anita. His triumph at Hollywood was against $40,000 starter allowance company and a repeat of that would make him a strong contender here.

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