09/10/2004 12:00AM

Opportunity knocks in Carmel


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Sunday's $55,000-added Carmel Handicap at is one of two remaining stakes races at Bay Meadows for 3-year-old fillies. The final one is the Oct. 9 Palo Alto, which like the Carmel is on the turf.

Many of the seven in the race are entered to take advantage of the dwindling opportunities at the meet for 3-year-old fillies.

"You don't have many chances to run against straight 3-year-old company unless you run for $25,000 claiming," said trainer Chuck Jenda, who will run Lost Bride in the one-mile Carmel.

The chance to meet rivals in their own division - and the fact Bay Meadows is currently the only track in the state offering turf racing - brought Dawn's Angel and Penny's Fortune north from Southern California.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer runs the entry of Bay Meadows Oaks winner Crozet, Secret Courier, and Uninhibited Song.

Crozet is the likely favorite but will be tested by Lost Bride, who ran third behind her in the Bay Meadows Oaks. Also likely to run well is Go Ask Daisy, who won the Mid-Peninsula Stakes over the main track here as a 2-year-old.

Crozet has run fourth in the $100,000 Flawlessly at Hollywood Park and fourth in a Del Mar allowance race against older since the Oaks, finishing evenly both times.

She figures to get a good stalking trip on Sunday. All three of her career victories have come on the grass, two over the turf here.

Lost Bride has two wins and a third over the course, including an allowance victory meeting older at the Bay Meadows Fair in her last start. She is a stalker, like Crozet.

Go Ask Daisy is the one to catch. She set the pace in the Aug. 22 Barona Cup Handicap at Del Mar in her last start, her first try on the turf and around two turns.

"She didn't run that bad," trainer Brian Koriner said. "We wanted to get her to relax, but she jumped shadows a couple times where the color of the grass changed, and she was under early pressure when the saddle slipped on another horse and the jockey couldn't restrain her. She's working well, but we are coming back a little quick."