11/18/2003 12:00AM

Jenda goes back to well with Rainbow Sand


ALBANY, Calif. - Trainer Chuck Jenda no longer claims many horses, but he will try to make a recent claim pay off for a second time in Thursday's Golden Gate Fields feature.

Jenda claimed Rainbow Sand, a 2-year-old filly, for $20,000 on Sept. 3. He brought Rainbow Sand back after a seven-week layoff, dropped her to the $16,000 level, stretched her out to a mile from 5 1/2 furlongs, and saw her score a two-length victory.

He brings Rainbow Sand back Thursday, when she will meet Corporal Greiner and Lady's Advantage, second and third behind Rainbow Sand in the Oct. 23 victory at Bay Meadows.

In her second start, Rainbow Sand won at Santa Rosa for a $12,500 tag. She was a distant third the day Jenda claimed her.

Jenda has had success stretching runners out, and Rainbow Sand was no exception. She was last in the opening half-mile at Bay Meadows, as Corporal Greiner opened up by five lengths. But she moved into contention with a three-wide rally on the second turn and proved too much for Corporal Greiner in the stretch.

"She was finishing well in her sprints so I thought maybe she could handle a mile," Jenda said.

She'll employ the same tactics Thursday but may find a tough rival in stakes-placed Flag Burner, who drops to her lowest level yet. Flag Burner broke slowly and was rank early as the odds-on favorite against the talented Secret Corsage in her two-turn debut. Flag Burner never got involved in that race but could be the one to beat here.

Juvenile stakes

Two-year-olds will be in the spotlight this weekend in the $60,000-added Piedmont Stakes at six furlongs for fillies Saturday and the $60,000-added Golden Bear Stakes at six furlongs for males Sunday.

Eleven were nominated to the Piedmont, although Hot Weekend ran in Sunday's Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park and probably won't run Saturday. Very Vegas has won three straight, including the one-mile Bay Meadows Lassie in her last start. She could be in tough against any of three Jerry Hollendorfer nominees, unbeaten Wildwood Flower, Heavenly Humor, and Secret Corsage.

Thirteen were nominated to the Golden Bear, including four stakes winners. Corvallis Dee won the 1 1/16-mile Gottstein Futurity at Emerald Downs. Hajji's Honor won the six-furlong San Mateo Stakes at Bay Meadows. Market Report beat both Hajji's Honor and his stablemate Corvallis Dee in the Bay Meadows Juvenile at a mile. Razen Hazen won the Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes at Santa Rosa before losing by a nose to Hajji's Honor in the San Mateo Stakes.