02/19/2008 12:00AM

Sea of Pleasure's camp dreaming big


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Sea of Pleasure's owner Steve Burnett was already flying back to Southern California after his colt's impressive victory in Saturday's Sophomore Sprint at Bay Meadows when his post-race thinking came into focus. Burnett, who heads a group that owns the speedy colt, is already thinking about running Sea of Pleasure in the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Sea of Pleasure, who won for the third time in four starts, found himself trailing a horse early for the first time in his career when Run Brother Ron shot past him down the backstretch and opened a three-length lead.

"That was good because he won't always be on the lead," said Burnett.

Trainer Gary Stute said he is looking at the $75,000 San Miguel on March 29 at Santa Anita for Sea of Pleasure's next start.

While Burnett was flying home on Saturday, another locally based early BC Sprint candidate emerged: Tribesman, who won the Phoenix Gold Cup at Turf Paradise. Tribesman outsprinted a speed-laden field and defeated last year's BC Sprint runner-up, Idiot Proof, by 1o3/4 lengths.

"He's probably the fastest horse - quickness-wise - I've ever been on," said Chad Schvaneveldt, who rode Tribesman.

It was an impressive victory for Tribesman, who is being pointed to the March 15 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint, according to owner Kjell Qvale.

He could face an old rival in that race. Vicarino, who finished second to Tribesman last month at Golden Gate Fields, runs in a five-furlong allowance sprint here on Thursday and then is headed to the Bay Meadows BC, trainer Greg Gilchrist said .

Vicarino couldn't handle Tribesman in his first start in over a year, but he came back to win by seven lengths here on Feb. 7, and is returning Thursday on two weeks' rest .

"I could have just waited for the stakes," Gilchrist said. "If this race hadn't gone, it would not have been the end of the world. The horse was scheduled to work Thursday anyway."

Scrumpy extends win streak

Scrumpy won his sixth straight start Sunday and was claimed for $20,000 by trainer Jeffrey Metz for owner Lamonte Isom. The 5-year-old gelding began his win streak in a $4,000 claimer at Bay Meadows, won for $6,250 at Golden Gate Fields and again for $10,000, and then was claimed by Steve Sherman for owner Bob Bone.

Scrumpy gave Sherman his first official win in a $12,500 claimer on Jan. 4, won again for $16,000, and finally for $20,000 on Sunday.

Sherman said he enjoyed training Scrumpy.

"I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for that horse," Sherman said. "He's as sharp as they come. He feels like he's not going to get beat, and it doesn't matter how the track is playing, he'll find a way to win.

"I'm disappointed to lose him but not mad someone claimed him. He was a neat, gentle horse, but that kind of heart that he has is hard to find. You can't instill that in them."

Snow for kids on Saturday

Bay Meadows turns into Snow Meadows on Saturday, when the track will bring in 60 tons of snow for kids to play in. Saturday's card includes the $55,000-added Bay Meadows Distaff Sprint at six furlongs. Seven fillies and mares were entered, including the stakes winners Royal Kleven, Butters, and A.V. Flynn.

Also on Saturday, the Thorough-bred Owners of California will conduct a seminar on racehorse ownership called "Ownership 101" at 8:30 a.m. in the owner-trainer lounge on the second floor of the Turf Club.

Owner-breeder Randy Morris and owner Bob Ansara will lead the seminar, and attendees can visit O.J. Jauregui's barn. Admission is free, and it includes a continental breakfast. For more information, contact the TOC at (800) 994-9909.

Suspensions and fines

Jockey Pedro Flores was handed a five-day suspension (Feb. 24-March 1) for causing interference in the stretch aboard Chanting Warrior in Saturday's seventh race. Chanting Warrior was disqualified from first to fourth.

Jockey Inoel Beato received three days for a similar infraction aboard You Is What You Is in last Thursday's fourth race and will sit out Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Trainer Armando Lage was fined $750 after Alley Fighter, winner of the third race at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 1, tested in excess of the permitted level of phenylbutazone.

* To the satisfaction of many fans, Bay Meadows is using the traditional light pink with a black number for its No. 8 saddlecloth. Golden Gate Fields had been using a darker pink that was almost identical to the red No. 1 saddlecloth, making it hard to distinguish between the No. 1 and 8 horses.