09/05/2003 11:00PM

My Captain holds off favorites to capture Big Jag Handicap


SAN MATEO, Calif. - My Captain ($8.80) got first run at millionaires Echo Eddie and Full Moon Madness and won the $66,750 Big Jag Handicap at Bay Meadows on Saturday.

My Captain sat off early leader Ex Kay E down the backstretch and assumed command on the turn. He responded gamely in the stretch to hold off 8-5 second choice Echo Eddie by three-quarters of a length in the six-furlong race. The winning time was 1:09.01. Full Moon Madness, the even money favorite, was third, four lengths behind Echo Eddie.

Winning trainer Art Sherman said he told jockey Francisco Duran not to get nervous if E Kay E took the lead early. "I told him he'd be in a garden spot and just to try to get the jump on the other horses," Sherman said.

Duran followed the instructions perfectly.

"I saw the one go and sat off him," Duran said. "When I felt a little pressure behind me, I asked him, and he gave me all he had."

Echo Eddie's rider, Russell Baze, said his horse bobbled at the break, but said, "I don't have any excuse."

Jason Lumpkins, the rider on even-money favorite Full Moon Madness, said his horse "just ran flat."

My Captain, coming off a victory in the Ernest Finley Handicap at Santa Rosa, earned $33,450 as he scored his fifth victory in 19 starts. He has earned $173,630 for owners Mr. and Mrs. Jerome Moss.

Sherman may consider the Ancient Title at Oak Tree for My Captain's next start.

Quick 2-year-olds to match up

Three 2-year-old fillies who posted impressive debut wins will meet in Monday's 5 1/2-furlong allowance feature.

Little Foxy Baby and Secret Corsage have won their only starts. Hot Weekend earned the field's highest Beyer Speed Figure while winning her debut May 15 at Hollywood Park, but she then faded badly when favored in the Cinderella Stakes.

Sultry Eyes and Eight Karat, both coming off maiden claiming wins, round out the field. Sultry Eyes flashed good speed in beating a $25,000 maiden field at Sacramento.

Hot Weekend showed good early speed in her impressive debut win and ran even faster early in the Cinderella, but she couldn't get the lead and tired in the stretch. She has put together a solid series of drills at Del Mar the past six weeks in preparation for her first start in three months.

Little Foxy Baby and Secret Corsage were also wire-to-wire winners in their debuts, with Secret Corsage running a full second faster at the Bay Meadows Fair than Little Foxy Baby did at Santa Rosa. Secret Corsage could be the one to beat if she can relax early and run from off the pace.

'Party' will have to wait

Gone to Party, a 3-year-old filly who earned an 85 Beyer Speed Figure in her impressive debut victory, could not duplicate that performance and finished second Thursday in her first start against winners.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer had warned before the race that the John Franks homebred was in tough. Baze, who rode Gone to Party, said after the race, "She was kind of thrown in the deep end here."

The winner of the $40,000 optional claimer was Heat of the Moment, who had just been claimed at Del Mar for $32,000. She romped by 7 1/2 lengths in wire-to-wire fashion over a speed-favoring track for her fourth straight victory and sixth win of her career.

Gone to Party, who doesn't have much early speed, was far back early and rallied to be second.

"She's a nice filly, but there are still some things we can work on," Baze said.

Dedicated to the daily double

Sam Basin, who died Thursday at age 86, was the owner of multiple stakes winners Bam's Penny and Salesman Sam.

According to his son Jim, Basin had a great love for horse racing, and the sport was a big part of his life.

Jim Basin said his father, who owned a chain of furniture stores, would close his store to get to the track to play the daily double.

"One day, this lady comes up to him when he's pulling down the door to the store and tells him she wants to buy some furniture," Basin said. "My dad tells her to come back tomorrow because he's going to the track. She said, 'You don't understand. I want to buy $10,000 worth of furniture.' And he said, 'I don't give a damn if you want to buy the whole store. Come back tomorrow.' "