01/21/2005 1:00AM

Martin has the pick in two races


ALBANY, Calif. - High percentage trainer John Martin might have the ones to beat in both Sunday's co-features at Golden Gate Fields.

Martin sends out a freshened against five rivals in a first-level allowance for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

The Martin-trained I Love Racing, who steps up to first-level allowance company off a pair of claiming victories, looms the one to beat, in a field of 11 in a six-furlong sprint.

Russell Baze, who will likely pass Bill Shoemaker for second on the all-time jockey career victory list before the meeting ends next Sunday, has the mount on both.

B R Lady has not failed to earn a check in four starts on the turf for Martin, who claimed her for $25,000 out of a Del Mar maiden race Aug. 11. She has responded with the four highest Beyer Speed Figures of her career since moving to Martin's barn and being stretched out and switched to the turf.

B R Lady has won her last two starts, both on turf, including a $32,000 maiden claimer at Bay Meadows and a first-level starter allowance here.

B R Lady was given three weeks off after her Dec. 2 victory but has three maintenance drills since. She likes to sit in midpack and unleash a strong kick late. With Faxene and Marla Bay in the field, she will have a legitimate pace to chase.

New Water has two turf wins and was second against similar company in her last start. She, too, will be sitting back, hoping to get first run, ahead of B R Lady and Eleanor Rose. Eleanor Rose is stepping up off a turf victory in her last start, Nov. 27 against $16,000 claimers.

I Love Racing was claimed from a win, but is sharp and should be able to handle the rise here. His last three Beyers are 89, 90, and 90. Drawn on the outside, I Love Racing can go fast early, but he can also stalk from just off the pace.

Reality Mine was a troubled favorite in his last start, Jan. 5, and should bounce back here. He was in tight down the backstretch, took up near the half-mile pole, and was shuffled back out of contention.

Zona De Impacto has yet to win in the U.S, but he has flashed talent. He returns from an eight-month layoff.