Updated on 09/17/2011 11:36AM

Preservationists try to gain supporters


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Picketers greeted fans arriving at Bay Meadows for the big Memorial Day card on Monday.

The members of the Save Bay Meadows Citizens Group were not protesting but were trying to elicit help to prevent the demolition of the track, which was erected in 1934. They picked the right day to build support. Attendance was 10,157, the largest crowd at Bay Meadows since 10,632 on Labor Day 1995.

F. Jack Liebau, the president and general manager of Bay Meadows, said the Bay Meadows Land Company, which owns the 83 acres upon which the track is located, said the company has met with city and county officials to begin the long entitlement process by which it could develop the property into office and retail space as well as "dwelling units."

"The question is what conditions will be attached to the entitlements," Liebau said.

Magna Entertainment Corporation currently has a lease with the Bay Meadows Land Company through Dec. 31 of this year.

Negotiations to extend the lease have not commenced, but Liebau said he believes the track will be in operation again in 2004.

"I've heard about the closure of this track for many years," he said. "I will believe it when it happens."

Liebau said Magna is currently engaged in the entitlement process as well in regards to developing land in Dixon, near Sacramento, for a racetrack.

Out of a Dream tough in turf sprint

Ten older fillies and mares will sprint 4 1/2 furlongs on the turf in Thursday's co-feature.

Probable favorite Out of a Dream will be looking for her second straight victory after beating similar in her comeback on May 8. Out of a Dream is 5 for 10 over the local turf course and has won 7 of 13 starts at the distance.

"She loves the distance and the surface. I think they made this kind of race for her," trainer William E. Morey said.

Because of her success at the distance, Morey said he merely tries to make sure she's in shape. "If I just get her there, she'll run her race," he said.

Also entered are Courtesan, who has won 4 of 10 at the distance, and Sunatra, who is 3 for 13 in short sprints.

Warren hopeful he can ride

Ron Warren Jr., who has been unable to ride since injuring his back as he pulled up High Counselor last Friday, hopes to be back in action Thursday. He is named on six horses, including Out of a Dream.

Warren may have exacerbated an old injury and suffered from back spasms when he tried to ride on Sunday.

His agent, Bomber Doutrich, said Warren was taking medication to alleviate the swelling in his back.

"Hopefully, a few days off and the medication will handle the problem," he said.

Finally cured of seconditis

Kona Breeze beat winners for the first time last Thursday, prompting smiles and the reaction of "Finally" from trainer Donna Elordi.

Since winning her maiden on Jan. 18, Kona Breeze had finished second five straight times. Two of the losses were by a nose and two by three-quarters of a length.

"My frustration was only because she should have won a couple times," Elordi said. "She's such a little thing, and she tries so hard. I'm satisfied when they're trying hard. I was very pleased when she won. She's got a lot of heart."

* A group of 12 older fillies and mares, headed by Lacie Girl, were nominated for Saturday's $60,000-added Sunnyvale Handicap at six furlongs. A B Noodle, who won three turf stakes at Bay Meadows last year, will make her first start since a second-place finish in the Palo Alto Handicap on the main track last Oct. 19.