12/03/2003 12:00AM

Pachara connections hope feature stays on the grass


ALBANY, Calif. - Just call Golden Gate Fields racing secretary Tom Doutrich a gambler.

After losing to scratches 11 of 26 entered horses when three scheduled turf races were shifted to the dirt Wednesday, Doutrich has scheduled Friday's feature race for 4 1/2 furlongs on the turf. Eight were entered, and Chapilkim, a 4-year-old filly meeting seven males, figures tough on either turf or dirt.

"The forecasts have been hit or miss," said Doutrich, aware that rain was predicted for Friday. "I'm going to gamble. We'll have two dry days before then, and we're scheduling it early in the card."

Horses in New York are sometimes entered for "main track only" in races that might come off the turf, and stewards said that the same could be done here, an option Doutrich said he would explore.

Two of Friday's entrants, Big Future and Arran Pilot, have run only on the turf and two others, Pachara and King Slayer have only one main-track start apiece from a combined 76 starts. At the other extreme are Mr. Elusive, who has run only once on the turf in 15 starts, and Stormy Zone with three of 16 career starts on the turf.

Pachara is the one to beat on the turf. He is a head short of three straight turf sprint wins at this level. He was claimed by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer from his last victory.

Perfect Judgment, who lost by a nose to Pachara in his last start, might be the one to beat if the race switches to the dirt, although all his victories this year are against cheaper. He has speed, although Stormy Zone, who also ran second to Pachara, and Mr. Elusive also have speed, and Chapilkim has been on the lead in each of her last three starts.

Lumm fined, suspended

Owner/trainer Roy G. Lumm will be suspended 45 days from Dec. 4, 2003, through Jan. 17, 2004, and fined $5,000 following the discovery of what Golden Gate Fields stewards described as "contraband" in his barn on March 2, 2003.

Lumm said that he had what he described as "farm medication" not allowed at the racetrack in his truck when he was investigated. Lumm said that he had been hospitalized and forgot the medication was in his truck when he went to his barn to prepare to transport his horses to Emerald Downs. Brian Pitnick will train Lumm's horses during the suspension.

* At least five runners are scheduled for Saturday's $60,000-added Oakland Handicap at six furlongs. Stablemates Bring Home Thegold and Sirpa; More Crafty and My Captain, one-two in the Albany Handicap; and veteran Radar Contact will also run. The Student and 3-year-olds Onebadshark and Zayed are considering running.