02/26/2003 1:00AM

Rough R.N. feasting for Fat Man


ALBANY, Calif. - Rough R.N., whose only loss in a four-race career came by a neck, heads a field of seven older fillies and mares in Friday's feature at Golden Gate Fields, a six-furlong allowance race.

Rough R.N. was a 7 1/2-length winner in her debut on Nov. 28, winning a $25,000 claiming race at six furlongs in 1:08.99.

She also was claimed by trainer John F. Martin for the Fat Man Stables of Richard Robey.

"We just picked her out of the Daily Racing Form," Martin said. "She had good works and good breeding. I went over it with the owner, and he said if she looked good to claim her. She ran a big race, and it turned out nice."

She made her second start at Hollywood Park three weeks later, winning a $40,000 starter allowance at six furlongs by five lengths over four opponents.

"We decided to go to Hollywood Park because the race came up quickly, and it was a small field," Martin said.

Her lone loss came by a neck when she went one mile on the turf at Santa Anita in her third start. But she came back to win at 6 1/2 furlongs down the hill at Santa Anita.

"We went back down because it was a Cal-bred conditioned race, and we wanted to try a mile," Martin said. "Then we went in the 6 1/2-furlong race because she had run so well on the grass. The only reason we tried the grass is because those were the races that were available."

Martin plans to keep the filly at home for a while and will concentrate on the dirt.

"I think she'll be better routing later, but I feel comfortable sprinting her now," Martin said. Despite her speed, she has rated nicely in each start and figures to get a nice trip early behind Miss Tropics.

Return of Yougottawanna?

Saturday's $60,000 San Carlos Handicap at one mile - not to be confused with Sunday's $200,000 Grade 1 stakes sprint of the same name at Santa Anita - drew 18 nominees.

One of the nominees is Yougottawanna, who hasn't started in almost one year since winning the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby here last March. Yougottawanna is one of four nominees from the barn of leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. He also nominated Boss Ego, Halo Cat, and Ninebanks.

* Jockey Marcia Stortz, who won her first race with Gifted Athlete on Feb. 15, has moved to Kentucky to exercise horses and, she hopes, get more chances for mounts in the afternoon.

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