08/16/2004 11:00PM

Slots may move in near Golden Gate


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger hopes to have an agreement in place before the end of the week that will allow one of the biggest casinos in the United States to operate seven miles from Golden Gate Fields, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

The facility would be in San Pablo at the current site of a card club called Casino San Pablo. The facility would be enlarged to 500,000 square feet and would offer 5,000 slot machines, 1,800 more than the largest single casino in Las Vegas.

The agreement would require the 259-member Lytton Band of Pomo Indians to pay 25 percent of its gambling profits to the state. The band's 9.5-acre reservation was created at the Casino San Pablo site through federal legislation in 2000. The agreement would guarantee the Lytton Band exclusive rights to operate slot machines in a 35-mile radius.

Estimates are that the state could receive $125 million per year from the gambling revenue, with additional money going to the city of San Pablo and Contra Costa County. The casino could provide up to 2,100 jobs.

The proposed agreement is one of several that Schwarzenegger has been working on to generate more money from Indian tribes.

The agreements come as voters consider Proposition 68, an initiative that will appear on the November ballot. If passed, it would end the tribes' monopoly on slot machines and allow them to be installed at various card rooms and racetracks throughout the state, including Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows, about 40 miles from the San Pablo site.

First win for apprentice, 23

It was a day of firsts at the Bay Meadows fair on Sunday.

Anne Sanguinetti, a 23-year-old apprentice who graduated from Pepperdine University in May, got her first career win aboard Deja Brew.

Another first-time winner was Mazurka Danzer, a half-brother to northern California favorite Cavonnier.

Mazurka Danzer's victory came in his seventh start. His best previous finish was a third.

Sanguinetti's victory came with her 21st mount. She had two seconds and five thirds before her victory.

"It was kind of perfect," Sanguinetti said of her first career win. "I couldn't ask for anything better. I'd been galloping him, and that's how I'd been working him, taking a big hold at the start."

Sanguinetti sat patiently in fourth with Deja Brew, three lengths behind early leader Storm Lord. She then waited to make a move around favored Ocean Quest.

"I knew I had to get by, but I was going to have to go outside, and this horse is always trying to get out on the turn," Sanguinetti said. "When I could see in the lane he was not going to bolt, I told my horse to go around him."

Sanguinetti won by three lengths.

"It was not quite till we hit the wire that I thought about winning," she said. "I've had a couple get caught, and I kept waiting for someone to come."

Mazurka Danzer, dropped into a $32,000 claimer, did no waiting in a three-length, wire-to-wire victory at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

"He didn't have the softest pace," said Chad Schvaneveldt, the winning jockey. "There was a 20-1 shot beside him and his rider kept chirping, and my colt would break away, then the other would come up just when he relaxed."

Despite that, Mazurka Danzer pulled away strongly into the stretch and won with ease. Trainer John F. Martin will point him to a $32,000 starter allowance race.

Owner-breeder Barbara Walter was thrilled with the victory. Mazurka Danzer had not shown the same talent early as his older half-brother, who won the 1996 Santa Anita Derby and was second in the Kentucky Derby.

"It shook up my faith," Walter said.

Mazurka Danzer was sent south to Eoin Harty, who won the respect and admiration of the late Robert Walter for his work with Cavonnier as Bob Baffert's assistant.

Harty ran the colt twice but suggested he try easier competition in northern California, and the colt won his first start for Martin.