02/26/2008 1:00AM

Reba Is Tops eyed as broodmare


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Reba Is Tops may have changed the approach to the game of one of her owners by winning the $57,810 Bay Meadows Distaff Sprint on Saturday.

Winning trainer Bud Klokstad and owners Eric Schweiger, Gordon Jarnig, Ken Marshall, and David Wakefield never really thought of the 4-year-old filly as a broodmare prospect.

"I used to breed, but I don't have any more broodmares," Schweiger said.

But now that Reba Is Tops is a stakes winner, Schweiger said he is considering keeping her and breeding her when her career is over.

Schweiger liked the looks of Reba Is Tops when she won her debut at Emerald Downs on May 4. He bet her in her next start when she broke slowly, was bothered in the stretch, and moved up to third on a disqualification. He told Klokstad to claim her in her next start on July 1.

"I told him I'd look at her," Klokstad said.

He liked what he saw, and Reba Is Tops went back to Klokstad's barn from the winner's circle that day. She's won 5 of 8 starts since then.

"Two days before we claimed her, her sister [Butterfly Belle] won on the turf for $50,000 in Southern California," Klokstad said, adding that he would like to try Reba Is Tops on grass some time.

Reba Is Tops's sire, He's Tops, a son of Seattle Slew, has become a decent sire in Washington, standing for $3,000 after his owner originally offered free breedings to establish him.

Her dam, Miss Kyama, has had five foals reach the races, and all five are multiple winners.

Reba Is Tops may run again here, but the plan is to return her to Seattle for the summer at Emerald Downs.

Fill in for ill track announcer

With announcer Michael Wrona feeling a bit under the weather last Thursday, he took a break for two races. Eric Lacy, an employee in the track's operations department, filled in ably. Although he had worked as an announcer at Tucson Greyhound Park, this was his race-calling debut at a horse track.

A 28-year-old Berkeley native, Lacy does intertrack paddock commentary for Bay Meadows and has been a substitute host on Sam Spear's televised race-replay show.

"I'm trying to create and take advantage of opportunities and trying to learn the game more," Lacy said.

Stars meet in Foster City

Saturday's $55,000 Foster City Handicap matches Somethinaboutlaura and Bai and Bai, who have a combined 20 stakes wins and have hit the board 39 times in stakes while earning $1,708,683.

A millionaire, Somethinaboutlaura is undefeated in six starts at Bay Meadows, while Bai and Bai, who got her start in Northern California with trainer Bill Delia before being sold, has two wins and a second in three starts here.

They have five other rivals in the one-mile race.

Jockeys escape injuries

Jockeys Adrian Perez, Francisco Duran, and Alex Bisono avoided serious injuries in a three-horse spill in Monday's seventh race at Bay Meadows.

Go Malabar Gold, ridden by Perez, broke both front legs and fell shortly after passing the quarter pole in the $4,000 claiming race at six furlongs. Neither Luxurious Flight, ridden by Duran, nor Siberian Wine, ridden by Bisono, could avoid the fallen horse, and both dumped their rider.

Perez suffered bruising on both shoulders. Duran suffered a bruised knee, while Bisono suffered no apparent injuries. Go Malabar Gold was euthanized. The other two horses were unhurt.

* Saturday's "Snow Meadows" promotion was rained out, so Bay Meadows plans to offer the promotion on Easter Sunday, March 23. Bay Meadows will dump 60 tons of snow in the infield for kids to play in.

* Seven 3-year-olds meet in Thursday's Bay Meadows feature, a six-furlong $40,000 starter-allowance race. The field includes the debut winner Ruff N Tuff, Sweet Addition, and Arnone.