10/05/2004 11:00PM

Greely eager to fill fields in new job


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Sean Greely, the Monmouth and Meadowlands racing secretary from 2000-2003 and also a former racing secretary at Hialeah, has been appointed the racing secretary at Golden Gate Fields for its meet, which begins next month.

Greely's first day on the job was Monday, and he's been busy introducing himself to northern California horsemen.

Greely, 41, has been involved in racing his entire life. He is the son of longtime racing official and Keeneland president William Greely and the brother of Kevin Greely, the current racing secretary in Dubai.

"I'm in the process of getting acclimated," said Greely. His first order of business is to review and make recommendations on stall applications.

The job at Golden Gate Fields, Greely said, "definitely presents a set of challenges." But he hopes workers' comp relief and other factors will help him in filling races. "I'll be learning as I go, but, hopefully, hard work will help to improve field size," Greely said.

* The undefeated Factual Lady will try to extend her winning streak to four in Friday's Bay Meadows feature, a $50,000 optional claimer for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

Factual Lady, 3, is meeting older for the first time, but she drew the outside post 7, which is to her advantage in a field with a lot of early speed.