03/25/2008 11:00PM

Pamelot gets spot on grass


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Trainer John Martin has made one decision about Pamelot: She's a turf horse.

"She likes the turf," Martin said. "I don't want to run her on dirt."

Pamelot is entered in Friday's Bay Meadows feature, a $40,000 starter allowance for fillies and mares at 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf.

Pamelot will make her first start since finishing second to Black Hills Goldie in a Jan. 20 turf race at Golden Gate Fields. Friday's race is the first turf race here for fillies and mares at this level since the Jan. 20 race.

Pamelot has worked steadily since then, with Martin giving her a six-furlong work Saturday.

"La Canada Stable bought her in Florida and then gave her time off," Martin said. "They sent her to me. I saw she had one good race on the turf, so I tried her on the turf, and she won. She's run okay ever since."

Pamelot sprinted on the dirt in her first four starts, all in maiden claimers at Calder. Stretched to a mile and placed on the turf, she ran second against straight maidens there on Sept. 29, 2006, before she was purchased. Her next start - and first for Martin - was here last Nov. 4 at this distance in a $20,000 maiden claimer.

Since then, she has run third in a $40,000 starter allowance and then second in the Jan. 20 $20,000 claimer.

Gerbica, who was second in the same $40,000 starter allowance race on Nov. 23 at Golden Gate Fields, is also entered Friday. It also marks her first start since Jan. 20, when she was eighth in a troubled turf try at this level at Santa Anita.

La Misteriosa is the only other member in the field of seven with a turf victory.

* Indyanne, winner of the Bay Meadows Debutante and undefeated in two starts, is back in trainer Greg Gilchrist's barn at Golden Gate Fields preparing for her first work of this year. Gilchrist says the filly is about 90 days away from a race.

* Trainer Michael Lenzini was fined $3,000 and Lady Woodman was disqualified from fifth and deemed unplaced in the third race at Golden Gate Fields on Sept. 17, 2006, after testing showed a carbon dioxide level of 37.7 millimoles, above the permitted 37 millimoles.

* Trainer Angelo Tekos Jr. was fined $750 after Fury's Allstar, winner of the eighth race at Bay Meadows on Feb. 7, 2008, tested positive for Methocarbamol, a muscle relaxant.