10/31/2002 12:00AM

Sailinwithcaptain tries Don B.


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Call it Cal Cup Light, but Bay Meadows gets into the spirit of Santa Anita's California Cup with a pair of stakes races for California-bred juveniles on Saturday.

Ten fillies entered the Bam's Penny Stakes, while six colts entered the Don B. Stakes. Both races were named for past Cal-bred stars and will be run at six furlongs. Both have $80,000-added purses.

The Don B. became a more contentious race with the declaration of Only the Best from the field. Only the Best won the Malcolm Anderson over the track and came back to win the Sunny Slope at Santa Anita in his last start.

"We're not going because there is a sale pending," trainer Brian Lynch said of Only the Best, who will be moving to the barn of trainer Bobby Frankel.

The likely favorite is Sailinwithcaptain, a wire-to-wire winner in his debut on Oct. 12 at Santa Anita, for owner Mike Pegram and trainer Bob Baffert.

Local trainer Jeff Bonde will counter with D's Bertrando and Timely Jeff. Both are maidens, but Bonde said, "I wouldn't run them if they didn't have a legitimate chance."

D's Bertrando ran second to stablemate Bases Are Loaded in his debut at Bay Meadows on Oct. 19. Timely Jeff set the pace before fading to fourth in the Ron and Jessman Cloud Memorial at the Fresno Fair on Oct. 5.

"D's Bertrando broke slowly and was pushed up on the fence, but he closed well in his debut," Bonde said. "Timely Jeff probably ran one work early and went a little too fast early [a 43.82-second half-mile], but he ran credible and came back and worked a good [six furlongs]."

Omega Code won the race, setting a track record of 1:07.70.

Global Finance is one of four stakes winners competing in the Bam's Penny.

Global Finance won the Nursery Stakes at Hollywood Park in April and was second at 1-2 odds in the Courtship Stakes at Bay Meadows on Sept. 15 following a three-month layoff.

"She came out of that race fine," trainer Jerry Dutton said from his barn in Southern California. "She's going to be a nice filly, but I'd like to keep her with Cal-breds. I think she'll route, but I figured it would be easier there than down here."

Market Garden won her first two starts, including the Solano County Juvenile Fillies Stakes. She ran third to Breeders' Cup entrant Humorous Lady in the Mid Peninsula Stakes here in August before heading south for a pair of stakes tries.

"She's training really good right now," trainer Carmela Anderson said. "I'd like to see her lay off the pace and make her run late."

Hostility is the lone stakes winner over the track. She won the Time to Leave Stakes in June and was second when the race was run again in October.

Zam Zam won the Bustles and Bows at Fairplex.

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