12/06/2002 1:00AM

New trainer gets first win


ALBANY, Calif. - It didn't take Rosario Aguilar long to pick up her first official win as a trainer.

Gold Crusader, only the third horse Aguilar started, delivered her first victory in Wednesday's eighth race at Golden Gate Fields. The 5-year-old Gold Crusader came from last to win a $6,250 claimer at one mile by three lengths.

Aguilar, 51, a native of Guatemala, has been around the racetrack for 10 years and has assisted in the training of some horses that she owns. She took her trainer's test in November and passed it.

Gold Crusader, on Nov. 16, was also the first horse she started in her own name as a trainer. He closed well and finished third that day.

Computer and phone woes

The Golden Gate Fields racing office has been without its computers this week and lost phone service Thursday. That created problems for filling Saturday's Oakland Handicap and also getting nominees for next Saturday's $75,000-added Gold Rush, perhaps the most anticipated stakes race of the young meeting.

Racing office personnel had to rely on cell phones to contact trainers for entries for the Oakland Handicap. Because the phone system was down intermittently Thursday morning, affecting fax machines, the nomination deadline for the Gold Rush, which was to close at midnight Thursday, was pushed back to noon Friday.

Trainers Jeff Bonde and Chuck Jenda nominated D's Bertrando and Buddy Gil for the Gold Rush, a one-mile race for 2-year-olds.

D's Bertrando was sensational in winning his maiden at Golden Gate Fields on Nov. 9. He won a six-furlong race by 13 lengths in 1:08.49, nearly a full second faster than Halo Cat ran (1:09.42) in winning the Albany Handicap at the same distance later on the card. D's Bertrando earned a 105 Beyer, which was the highest awarded a 2-year-old this year, but has since been matched by the filly Randaroo in a Nov. 24 turf race at Aqueduct.

Buddy Gil won his maiden in a one-mile race and came back to win the six-furlong Golden Bear Stakes on Nov. 24. He earned a 95 Beyer for that effort.

* The stallion auction fundraiser for the Glen Ellen Vocational Academy has been extended one week to Dec. 15. The fundraiser supports northern California's equine retirement and rehabilitation foundation and has more than 60 stallion seasons donated. Bids are accepted online, by phone, or fax at (707) 824-1384 or by e-mail at gef@vom.com. The list of stallions is posted at www.glenellenfarms.com/geva. For more information, call GEVA at (707) 527-8092.

* Fans who donate a coat on Sunday will receive a free grandstand admission.