07/19/2005 11:00PM

Look for Snowbound Nan to stalk


VALLEJO, Calif. - Trainer Jim Barnes doesn't have a big stable, but he gets the most he can from it.

Barnes is hoping that Snowbound Nan, whom he claimed for $5,000 in her comeback on May 25, can go 2 for 2 for him in Friday's Solano County Fair feature, a $12,500 claimer at five furlongs.

The field of six fillies and mares contains five pace types who want the lead, plus Smoke 'n Triumph, who figures to be last early.

won her first start for Barnes, going wire to-wire at Pleasanton on July 10 in an $8,000 claimer. Barnes doesn't think she will go wire-to-wire Friday. He expects her be third early in the race, behind Gladys Friday and Gloriababy.

"I wish there wasn't all that speed in there," he said.

"I don't think she can outrun them early, but I don't think it will be any problem for her to be sitting just off the pace."

If she handles the stalking role, Snowbound Nan has proven that she likes to win. She has won 4 of 13 starts, including a maiden victory here as a 2-year-old.

She might have had five victories, as she stalked and took the lead in a $12,500 claimer at Bay Meadows on Oct. 1, 2003. But after taking the lead, she turned sideways and fell, sliding under the rail. She was seconds from being euthanized when she suddenly sprung to her feet after laying completely still for several minutes, and actually walked off the track.

Trainer Art Sherman claimed her that day, and she won her first two starts for Sherman when she returned to the races in January 2004.

Sherman was still training her when Barnes claimed her off an 11-month layoff.

"She had shown she could run and win," Barnes said. "They took nearly a year with her to get her back, so I took a chance."

It has already paid off, and Barnes has enjoyed success with his runners in their second start off a layoff.

The competition is tough Friday, though.

, who like Playgirl runs for a new barn Friday, won her last dirt start at this level. Gloriababy has won at this level, and Gladys Friday steps up seeking her third straight victory.