07/03/2005 11:00PM

Schvaneveldt wins on two sharp young ones


PLEASANTON, Calif. - When Chad Schvaneveldt retires as a jockey, he could probably get a job in the State Department. He's quite a diplomat.

Schvaneveldt won the first two stakes of the fair season at the Alameda County Fair over the weekend, scoring with a pair of odds-on 2-year-olds, Hystericalady ($3) in the Juan Gonzalez for fillies on Saturday and Don Jaun Con ($3.40) in the Everett Nevin Alameda County Futurity on Sunday.

The obvious question: Which one is better?

Schvaneveldt smiled and said, "They're both nice."

Both were very impressive, and both are probably heading to Del Mar for their next starts.

Hystericalady won by a nose over 37-1 longshot Bid of Genius, but that doesn't tell the real story.

The number flap attached to her bridle got loose and flapped in her eye. It caused her to duck to the rail, and, although Schvaneveldt knew he had plenty of horse, it took all his strength to jerk her off the rail in midstretch so that she would have a chance.

She was two lengths behind with 100 yards to go. She won by a nose and was a neck in front one stride past the wire in the five-furlong race.

"We could have tried to bite off a little more with her," said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who is also a part-owner. "She was nominated to a stakes in Kentucky and one down south, but you have to take it slow with 2-year-olds. Those fields would have been tougher, and she wouldn't have been able to make a mistake."

Hollendorfer's next major target is the Del Mar Debutante.

"I'm going to take my time with my 2-year-olds, even though I have gotten all of them going a little earlier this year," he said. "I want to get a couple races under them, but I want them to be ready to run next spring."

Russell Baze rode Hystericalady in her debut. Schvaneveldt got the call with Baze on the sidelines and worked her one time before riding her.

"She's the nicest 2-year-old filly I've been on in some time," he said. "When I worked her, I thought I was on a 3- or 4-year-old. Her stride is really close to the ground. She wastes no time in the air."

Hystericalady was a $125,000 Keeneland purchase, and Hollendorfer said her owners would have bid more.

Don Jaun Con was claimed for $32,000 from his winning debut by trainer Billy Morey, who owns part of him.

The fact there was a strong speed bias on Sunday didn't hurt Don Jaun Con.

"I didn't watch one race all day," Morey said."I just stayed in the barn with him and never asked if the track was playing to speed. When he was two in front at the quarter pole and went the first half in 45 and change, I knew it would take someone to run 20 lengths faster than they ever had to win."

Even that wouldn't have mattered as Don Jaun Con ran his final furlong in 10.61 seconds.

"We caught a Cal-bred field that was a little easier than last time," Morey said. "I'd been wondering if he was good enough to run in some of those Cal-bred stakes at Del Mar. This confirms he can."

"All I had to do was just hang on and point him in the right direction," Schvaneveldt said.

In his previous start, the Malcolm Anderson at Golden Gate Fields on June 18, Don Jaun Con went in 20.97 and 44.48 before staggering a bit in the final 75 yards. Schvaneveldt said Don Jaun Con would have relaxed in the Malcolm Anderson, "but the rider inside him kept chirping to his horse, and my colt kept running."

About Sunday's race, Schvaneveldt said, "Bill also changed a little equipment, and I had a little easier time controlling him."

A record-setting Sunday

Corz I Can set a five-furlong record for Arabians with a 1:04.70 clocking in an allowance race, breaking the third-oldest record at the track.

The previous listed record was 1:05.20 set by Kezoram on June 30, 1982.

The oldest records at Pleasanton, more than 50 years old, were set in Quarter Horse races in 1951 and 1952.

Baze returns

Baze has three mounts Wednesday for his first day back since breaking his collarbone in a June 8 spill at Golden Gate Fields.

"He was fortunate, because the break came closer to the shoulder and is easier to heal," Baze's agent, Ray Harris, said. "He never had to have his arm in a sling. He's used a machine to stimulate bone growth and has been doing a lot of exercises in rehabilitation."

Baze will ride Wednesday, Thursday and Friday before heading to Florida on Saturday to ride Lost in the Fog in the Grade 2 Carry Back Stakes at Calder.

Baze's Wednesday mounts are Janzig Affair, who appears to be the favorite in a $6,250 sprint. He also will ride Yak Attack in the day's feature and Running Jin in a $16,000 sprint. He has rides in the fourth, seventh, and ninth races.

The Wednesday feature is a $32,000 starter allowance at six furlongs, with the freshened Southern Rule and recent maiden winner Dream's Irish Son the ones to beat.