12/08/2008 12:00AM

Meet wrapping up with juvenile stakes


ALBANY, Calif. - Two-year-olds will be in the spotlight during the final two weeks of the Golden Gate Fields fall meeting.

Fillies will be featured in Saturday's $75,000 Corte Madera Stakes, while colts will run in the $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes the following weekend. Both will be at one mile and will be preps for early 3-year-old stakes.

Stakes winners Cherokee Echo and Epitome of a Lady will start in the Corte Madera, as will Digestivo and Salty Sarah. Will O Way, third in the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante in her second career start, and Mean Joleene, coming off a turf win at the one-mile distance, are considered possible starters from the 13 fillies nominated for the race.

Epitome of a Lady has won 3 of 4 starts for leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who added three more victories Sunday to bring his win total to 49 for the meet.

Epitome of a Lady's only loss came in her second start at Del Mar after winning her debut at Hollywood Park for a $40,000 claiming price. She was content to sit second early and then proved much the best in the stretch to win the Harvest Futurity at Fresno on Oct. 10. Hollendorfer has given her a series of six-furlong works to build her stamina.

Cherokee Echo, who has won 2 of 3 starts, will race for the first time since scoring a half-length victory in the Barbara Shinpoch at one mile on Aug. 31 at Emerald Downs for trainer Bud Klokstad.

Digestivo just ran second in allowance company sprinting on Nov. 14 after graduating in her previous start.

Salty Sarah, who won her debut at Hollywood Park, would make her second start following a brief layoff.

Alvarado's prediction comes true

Jockey Frank Alvarado's victory aboard Lady Railrider in the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes on Saturday came as no surprise to him.

He predicted the victory after winning the Forty Niner Stakes aboard Dakota Phone the previous week. Before that, he won the Sausalito with Siren Lure.

"I told you I'd be back," he said after dismounting Lady Railrider following his third straight stakes victory.

Lady Railrider, who notched her first stakes win, had dead-heated with stablemate Shes a Lucky Wager in their previous start. Shes a Lucky Wager ran third in the Pacific Heights.

Trainer Steve Specht said he would nominate the California-bred Lady Railrider to the Sunshine Millions Distaff on Jan. 24 at Santa Anita.

"She's come along really well," Specht said. "The filly can route or sprint."

Greg Gilchrist is also eyeing the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf with Wild Promises, who won the Grade 3, $100,000 My Charmer at Calder on Saturday, going wire to wire in the 1 1/8-mile turf race.

Sunday forecast calls for snow

Forty tons of snow will turn Golden Gate Fields into a winter wonderland on Sunday. There will be a sledding hill and ice-skating rink for children near the north entrance.

In addition to the usual Sunday price of $1 for parking, general admission, programs, soda, beer, and hot dogs, Golden Gate Fields will also offer hot chocolate for only $1. The normal NFL Sunday package of every NFL football game will also be shown.

Golden Gate is also hosting single-day handicapping contests on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The winner each day wins an all-expenses-paid trip to Las Vegas for the 2009 Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship.

Fans receive an entry card upon entering the track and pick winners on races 3 through 8. The winner will be the person who makes the most money based on mythical $20 win bets.

If anyone wants to practice for the contest, Wednesday's pick six has a $15,653.63 carryover.

Included in the pick-six sequence is a 2-year-old maiden race featuring Brave William, a half-brother of stakes-winning A.V. Flynn who was a strong second in a fast race in his debut, and a filly and mare turf race in which Wavy Lass, who earlier this year won four straight turf races, will try to visit the winner's circle again.

Lost in the Fog film on DVD

John Corey's award-winning documentary on Lost in the Fog is now available on DVD for $21.95. The documentary on the late Eclipse winner won the Cinevegas audience award as best documentary at that festival.

The DVD can be ordered at .