09/09/2005 12:00AM

'Pine Tar' vs. elders on grass

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SAN MATEO, Calif. - Lightly raced 3-year-old Too Much Pine Tar faces older opponents in Sunday's Bay Meadows feature, a 1 1/16-mile allowance race on the turf that has lured a full field.

Too Much Pine Tar rallied from well off the pace to win his debut at 5 1/2 furlongs as the favorite in a bottom-level $8,000 maiden claimer on June 19. He jumped to $40,000 starter allowance company for his next start, when he was favored again, winning at six furlongs at Solano.

was asked to handle two new assignments in his third start, a $40,000 optional claimer on Aug. 11 at the Bay Meadows Fair. He moved to the turf and tried two turns for the first time. He passed the test, rallying for second in the 7 1/2-furlong race.

He has followed up with three strong works, including bullets at four and six furlongs. Though he has never run this far, his breeding says he should be quite effective.

Chad Schvaneveldt, who rode Too Much Pine Tar to his first two victories, returns to the saddle for trainer Steve Miyadi on Sunday.

Victory may not come easily, though, with Dancing Pioneer and Lover Marshal in the field.

has turned things around since returning to the turf. His first turf try came when he was a maiden taking a shot against tough allowance runners here this spring. He was part of the pace that day before fading to last. Then he ran twice on the main track.

Brought back on the Golden Gate turf against maidens two months later, he scored an impressive victory. He then ran third on the turf at Santa Rosa and won a starter allowance turf race during the Bay Meadows Fair.

has as many turf victories (three) as Too Much Pine Tar has starts and is usually a factor with his late kick.

Russell Baze, who rode both Too Much Pine Tar and Dancing Pioneer in their previous starts, will ride Lover Marshal here.

* Earlier on the card, Class of Fifty, a distant second to Frisco Star, and Uh Hippie, who chased Frisco Star through brisk fractions as Frisco Star broke a 23-year-old track record at Santa Rosa, return in a maiden race. The two will meet Passive Income, a $135,000 yearling purchase, and Gone Irish, who make up a coupled entry from the barn of leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.