07/16/2007 11:00PM

Haley comes home with 20-horse string


SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Trainer Gloria Haley always looks forward to going home. Home for Haley is Santa Rosa, and this year she brings her entire 20-horse barn with her from Golden Gate Fields, which is closing its barn area for installation of the new synthetic surface.

Haley has targeted a number of races for her runners, including Thursday's feature, where she sends out Have At It in a full field of 10 fillies and mares. The $40,000 starter allowance is carded at one mile on the turf.

Have At It's last three starts have come on turf. She ran third in a $20,000 maiden claimer April 19 at Bay Meadows, closing nicely after sitting last, 10 lengths off the lead early. Next out, in her 13th start, Have At It won her maiden at Golden Gate Fields on May 10. In her only start since, she finished fourth against company similar to Thursday's on May 27. Have At It was shuffled back leaving the clubhouse turn and again leaving the second turn, and she lost by only two lengths at 72-1.

"She had a ton of trouble, but she made a huge move coming home," said Haley.

Golden Gate and its turf course closed June 10, and Haley said she hasn't run Have At It since because she did not want to run the filly at Hollywood.

"We didn't want to run on the Hollywood turf course because it's too firm," said Haley, who plans to keep Have At It on the grass. "We wanted to stay on the nice, lusher turf on the Northern California turf courses."

Have At It is expected to stalk the pace of What a Day and Rare and Wild, who are positioned just inside her. Rapid Romance, second in her past two starts, and Funny Prospect, making her first start since Feb. 2, could provide the late competition.