11/12/2007 1:00AM

North Beach gives mare her third stakes winner

EmailALBANY, Calif. - Trainer O.J. Jauregui had only one regret following North Beach's victory in the $75,000 Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday.

Eight were entered in the 1 1/8-mile turf race, but four scratched when the race was switched to the main Tapeta surface because of rain. Jauregui said he thinks North Beach won't get the credit she deserves for beating only three horses.

"I was confident going on turf or dirt," Jauregui said. "When four scratched, people will think it was not as tough a race, but this filly's getting better and better."

Owner-breeder Ted O'Neill, who owns Ann Marie Farm, noted that North Beach is the third stakes winner produced by his Dynaformer mare Port Roberto. She is also the dam of Kilgowan, who won the El Camino Real Derby here in 2004, and Rivoltella, who won the Washington Oaks earlier this year.

O'Neill said he has two more foals from Port Roberto, a yearling and a weanling.

Jauregui said that North Beach would be pointed to the Grade 2 Dahlia at 1 1/16 miles on the turf at Hollywood Park on Dec. 16.

"We want to try to keep her on grass as much as we can," he said.

Gemstone Rush misses chance to run

One of Sunday's scratches was Gemstone Rush, who also had been entered in a one-mile allowance race on the main track Thursday. Now she won't be running in that race either.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was approached by the racing office last Saturday and alerted about the Thursday race. Hollendorfer consented to enter Gemstone Rush, and told the racing office to scratch her from the Sunday stakes.

But because the paperwork was never filed, Gemstone Rush was not officially scratched from the Miss America, and thus ended up being entered in two races after scratch time - which is not allowed. As a result, the stewards scratched Gemstone Rush from both Sunday's stakes and Thursday's allowance.

So far, so good for Tapeta

The Tapeta surface passed its first week's test with flying colors, even withstanding a heavy rain beginning partway through Saturday's card.

The surface played fair with horses winning on the lead and from off the pace. Results were basically formful.

Golden Gate installed Tapeta with the hope it would improve field size, which averaged 8.4 per race for the first week of the meet. There were no horses vanned off following races on Tapeta. Only one horse was vanned off all week, and that was from a turf race.

Entries were so good that Golden Gate carded additional races on Saturday and Sunday, running 10 instead of nine.

Pick six finally hit by one bettor

Golden Gate went five days before the first pick six of the meeting was hit on Sunday. There was one winner, and he played at Cal Expo in Sacramento, according to the Golden Gate mutuels department. The bet paid $123,295.40.

The bettor had the only ticket that was alive to the final race on Sunday, and he had the two horses - winner Lewptedo and runner-up Valid Star - that had pulled away from the field and were battling for the win.

The ticket cost $1,200 and had five horses in the first leg, race 5; a single that got up to win by a head in the final strides in race 6; five horses in race 7; three, including the $53.20 winner, in race 8; all four runners in the stakes, race 9; and the first two finishers in the final leg.

The four-day carryover was surprising given the fact that winners in Thursday's pick six sequence paid $5.80, $8.20, $4.80, $6.40, $5.40, and $6.80.

Gilchrist horse tests positive

The California Horse Racing Board filed a complaint against trainer Greg Gilchrist after a post-race test indicated Yodelay You're Who exceeded the regulatory threshold for procaine after winning the second race at Bay Meadows on Sept. 26. A hearing is scheduled on Dec. 14.

Procaine is used as a local anesthetic, often with an antibiotic.

McCann's Mojave probable for stakes

Sixteen runners were nominated to Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 All American at 1 1/8 miles on the main track.

Considered definite are McCann's Mojave, winner of the Sunshine Millions Classic; Sir Gallovic, a multiple stakes winner at Hastings this year; and the stakes-placed Lang Field. My Creed, winner of the Gradeo3 Berkeley here in June, is probable.

Possibles include Buzzards Bay, winner of last year's All American, Plug Me In, Storm Military, Visa Parade, and Wanna Runner.

* Seven 3-year-old fillies will compete in Wednesday's feature, a $25,000 claimer at six furlongs. Three of them - likely favorite and pacesetter Mudlaff Charlie, Flower Fusion, and Young and Fresh - were claimed in their last start.

* Apprentice jockey Jose Martinez Campos, second in the standings at Bay Meadows, was hit with suspensions totaling eight days for infractions on the first two days of the Golden Gate meet.