11/10/2004 12:00AM

Puglisi says business is better here


ALBANY, Calif. - Rider Iggy Puglisi has joined the jockey colony at Golden Gate Fields.

Puglisi arrived Tuesday night from Southern California and finished second aboard Divine Mark in the first race of the meeting Wednesday.

Puglisi's mounts have earned more than $14 million in a career that began in 1990, when the native of Argentina began his U.S. career at Playfair in Washington.

"I felt like I wanted to ride more," said Puglisi, who had had only 274 mounts this year entering Wednesday's card.

Puglisi said he had six mounts for Wednesday and he was named in all eight races for Thursday. Puglisi also has five mounts on Friday's card.

Puglisi's agent, Steve Spadaro, had the idea to move the rider's tack north. "He put the idea in my head because business was slow at home," Puglisi said. "We contacted some trainers up here, and the response was positive."

Puglisi's connections with Southern California trainers won't hurt, either. "That's one of my big pluses," Puglisi said. "A lot of trainers ship from Southern California. The horses they ship, they'll put me on. A lot of trainers down there are not sure of which jockeys are open up here."

Spadaro, a former trainer, thinks Puglisi should succeed here.

"He's worked a lot of horses for a lot of trainers down south," Spadaro said. "It's just a matter of getting the word out he's here."

New riders in northern California must always consider the Russell Baze factor. Baze dominates the standings.

"I've ridden against him numerous times," Puglisi said. "He's aggressive, but he lets you ride that way back at him."

Paceless feature

Friday's feature is a one-mile allowance for 2-year-old fillies.

One Fourteen is the lone runner in the race to try two turns, having won at one mile in a $25,000 maiden claimer. Hold the Game, who defeated One Fourteen on Sept. 24, appears the one to beat in a seemingly paceless field.

Rider updates

Roberto Gonzalez, who was named aboard the meet's first two winners, missed opening day because of injuries sustained in an accident while working at home.

Ron Warren Jr. remains day to day after a spill on Friday.

Baze is sitting out the meeting's first three days due to a suspension.

Apprentice Kate Repp and Dennis Carr are serving three-day suspensions that began Thursday.