01/17/2005 12:00AM

Lumpkins, Rollins resume riding


ALBANY, Calif. - The Golden Gate Fields jockey colony will be strengthened by the return of Jason Lumpkins and Chance Rollins. Both needed long recuperation periods following serious injuries.

Lumpkins sustained a dislocated left shoulder when Crozet clipped heels and fell during the Star Ball on Nov. 14. Lumpkins picked up two mounts Saturday and scored back-to-back wins aboard Relaxing Green and Motel Staff.

Rollins sustained a displaced fracture of the left wrist on Oct. 15 when Boozen Blues propped in the first turn and Rollins fell. He broke both bones in the wrist, but his agent, Paige Schvaneveldt, said doctors decided the injury "wasn't something to do surgery on."

Rollins has been working horses for two weeks and will have a precautionary X-ray taken Wednesday, but Schvaneveldt was accepting calls for him Monday and expected Rollins to ride on Thursday.

Rollins has done a lot of swimming and treading water as well as working on a treadmill to maintain his conditioning.

While Lumpkins and Rollins are back, Ron Warren Jr., who sustained what was originally diagnosed as a bruised left shoulder when El Gran Patagon fell on Dec. 30, will remain on the sidelines for at least another week. He was originally listed as day-to-day.

After swelling subsided, Warren's injury was re-examined and the shoulder was found to be separated.

Chad Schvaneveldt, expected to return to riding at Bay Meadows, has been hospitalized again with pancreatitis, which has kept him on the sidelines for much of the time since the illness reoccurred in September.

Countdown on for Baze

Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze entered the week only 10 victories shy of tying Bill Shoemaker for second on the all-time victory list with 8,833 wins.

Baze had eight mounts Monday and is listed on five Wednesday.

Derby's status diminishes

Even before the Golden Gate Derby was stripped of its Grade 3 status, Magna Entertainment Corp., which owns Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields, had shifted the Grade 2 San Rafael at Santa Anita to the same day as the Golden Gate Derby was run.

Only three horses ran in Saturday's Golden Gate Derby, so don't be surprised to see the purse cut from $100,000 to $50,000 and the race carded as an overnight event next year.

Texcess, who scared away much of the competition, was put on a van for the trip north Thursday but was kept in Southern California after racing was canceled at Golden Gate Fields.

That decision did prompt trainer Doug O'Neill to send up Dover Dere, winner of the Gold Rush Stakes, on Friday. O'Neill won the Gold Rush and Golden Gate Derby last year with Skipaslew, but the favored Dover Dere turned in a dull performance, running last.

"Maybe the trip up got to him, because he wasn't himself," jockey Iggy Puglisi said. "He was completely dull, even in the post parade."

Golden Gate Derby winner Buzzards Bay was a $180,000 purchase by the Fog City Stable after winning his maiden at Calder on Oct. 31.

"I think this might give us a second horse for the [Kentucky] Derby," said William Bianco. Fog City, a partnership between Bianco and David Shimmon, also owns Roman Ruler.

How far Buzzards Bay will go in the Derby picture is open for debate. Sharp Writer, whom he beat by a nose, was making his first start against winners after winning his maiden on the turf in his seventh career start.

Buzzards Bay went wire to wire and was pressured throughout, first by Dover Dere and then by the late-running Sharp Writer. He proved very game under a smart ride by Mark Guidry.

Buzzards Bay did earn a 97 Beyer Speed Figure. In comparison, Spanish Chestnut won the San Rafael with a 91.

Buzzards Bay's performance was the second best at the track Saturday.

During morning workouts, Lost in the Fog worked a blazing five-furlong bullet in 57.80 seconds - a full three seconds faster than the next-best work of 41 at the distance.

Trainer Greg Gilchrist was concerned about the time but reported that the horse showed no ill effects Sunday morning.

Crisane one to beat in feature

Six 3-year-old fillies meet in Wednesday's feature, a $62,500 optional claiming event at six furlongs.

Crisane and Queenmab'sdaughter were second and third, respectively, in a similar spot on Dec. 30. Crisane scored a nine-length victory at Hollywood Park in her previous start and was being considered for the Sunshine Millions before running second to Slew Motion in the Dec. 30 race.

She's the one to beat, although Love Fest, who won her debut by four lengths on June 9, returns for her second start. She was visually impressive, but the race was a bit on the slow side.