01/17/2006 12:00AM

Infractions may cost Garcia a title


SAN MATEO, Calif. - The Bay Meadows jockey race may have been decided on Jan. 11, when apprentice Martin Garcia received a three-day suspension in the morning and committed an infraction that cost him an additional five days in the afternoon.

His eight days of suspensions begin Thursday. By the time he returns, on Jan. 29, there will be only six days left of the holiday meeting, and Russell Baze will likely have clinched another Bay Meadows riding title.

Garcia rode four winners Monday on his final racing day before the suspensions kicked in and led Baze by four wins, 33-29, in the jockey standings. Garcia won with Tami's Gold Bar ($3.40) in the first, Bartok Lady ($2.80) in the third, Mysterious Peace ($4.80) in the fourth, and Hey David ($3.40) in the eighth. As of Tuesday, he was the leading jockey in the country in number of wins in 2006, with 26.

While it would be a feather in his cap to become the first jockey to defeat a healthy Baze in a northern California race meeting since Baze's first title in 1981, Garcia and his agent, Roger Olguin, decided not to appeal the suspensions, which came for rides aboard Royal Bull on Jan. 8 and Half a Dollar Maid on Jan. 11.

"I don't disagree with the first, but I had questions about the second," Olguin said. "It's too bad it happened, with all the good publicity from a jockeys' race."

Garcia and Olguin said they didn't appeal because they didn't want to miss the early portion of the Golden Gate Fields meeting, which begins Feb. 8.

"I'm learning from my mistakes," Garcia, 20, said. "Sometimes you try to do good, but you try too hard."

Although he will not ride for the next eight days, Garcia will still be at the track in the morning working horses.

"The trainers give me good horses, and my agent is working hard. That's why I'm doing well," he said.

Two riders nicked up

Two riders suffered apparently minor injuries in Monday mishaps.

Roberto Gonzalez suffered bruises to both thighs and his left foot when Glory Call broke down about 50 yards from the finish in the fifth race. Gonzalez opted not to get X-rays immediately following the spill but did take off his mounts. Glory Call, who broke his right front ankle, was euthanized.

Chance Rollins sustained a laceration to his left calf, an abrasion to his left thigh, and a contusion on the back of his head when he was unseated by All Chrome leaving the walking ring prior to the eighth race. Rollins was scheduled for precautionary X-rays. All Chrome ran and finished eighth under jockey Francisco Duran.

Starter allowance looks intriguing

While Thursday's wide-open third race, a $40,000 claimer for fillies and mares at six furlongs, is the nominal feature, the second race, a $40,000 starter allowance at one mile for 3-year-olds, could be the most interesting.

Two Trails had trouble in a similar starter allowance in his last start. Given a freshener after an impressive maiden win and an unsuccessful stakes try, he ran fourth as the favorite last out behind two of his Thursday rivals, Dr. Einstein and Home Port. He broke slowly and had to check on the first turn. He then swung wide and remained wide the rest of the way, and offered little in the stretch.

Charlenesuperblend merits the edge in a tight fit in the filly-and-mare race, but Better Knot, making her first start since a claim 14 months ago, is an interesting proposition with her pace advantage.

Bai and Bai to wait for California Oaks

Twelve 3-year-old fillies were nominated for Saturday's $75,000 Burlingame Stakes, but co-highweight Bai and Bai will pass the race, according to trainer Bill Delia, and be pointed to the $100,000 California Breeders' Cup Oaks on Feb. 11 at Golden Gate Fields.

Stakes winner Make Mine Minnie and stakes-placed stablemate Sweet Fourty were both nominated to the Burlingame by trainer Jeff Mullins. Trainer Terry Knight also nominated two, but plans to run Crystal Event, a winner in her debut, and will hope an allowance race on Sunday fills for Back Door Girl.

Cinderella Liberty, a stakes winner at Emerald Downs last summer, and stakes-placed Seam Seeker were also nominated.

Bay Meadows is planning to offer $1 Daily Racing Forms, programs, beer, hot dogs, and grandstand admission on Saturay.

Schvaneveldt returning

Jockey Chad Schvaneveldt, who has been sidelined by attacks of pancreatitis three times since September 2004, gets his first mounts in more than a month Thursday.

He will ride Bobby Dazzler (first race), Helmsman Hank (second) and Poly Ole (fifth) on Thursday. He has one mount Friday.