08/23/2007 11:00PM

Kendrick's Patsy moves up off claim


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Five runners who are proven on turf and a 3-year-old making her turf debut add up to an interesting Bay Meadows feature race on Sunday.

The one-mile turf race is a $50,000 optional claimer, with three of the six runners going for a claiming price and the other three running under the allowance condition of nonwinners of two.

The race will be a test for Kendrick's Patsy, stepping up off a win and a claim July 25 at Santa Rosa. The win in the $25,000 claimer was her fifth of the year. It was also the fifth in six starts since she returned to the turf this spring. In that loss, she ran second at this level, splitting Gentle Charmer and Snowdrop.

"We just claimed her off her form," said trainer Doug Utley, who claimed the 5-year-old mare for John Battle. "She sure likes to win. She gives it everything she's got.

"There really has been no place to run up here, so we don't want to sit this one out, even though it's a tough spot."

Utley gave Kendrick's Patsy a couple of easy works at Pleasanton before asking her a bit in her final drill. She responded with a 47.20 half-mile best-of-12 work on Aug. 23.

"She worked great," Utley said. "I couldn't believe it, the way she had been working."

Kendrick's Patsy loves the turf, with 6 wins and 3 seconds in 10 starts on the grass. She is 4 for 5 at Sunday's one-mile distance.

Favoritism could go to Christmas Stocking, but Kendrick's Patsy should feel right at home here. She is 2 for 2 over the Bay Meadows turf.

Christmas Stocking won at this level May 12 and then ran third in the Yerba Buena on June 9. She faded late in the July 28 Luther Burbank but figures to be tighter here. Christmas Stocking, Kendrick's Patsy, and Stressless, who is also coming off a Santa Rosa turf victory, are in for the claiming price.

The 3-year-old Glorification returned from a six-week layoff to run second, beaten a nose, sprinting against older on Aug. 8. She has had more success sprinting than routing, having won the Tiburon at six furlongs on Jan. 13 before stretching out, setting the pace, and finishing second in California Oaks and Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Oaks in the spring.

North Beach, another Santa Rosa turf winner, and Princess Ezra, coming north again from Southern California, round out the field.