10/14/2007 11:00PM

Smokey Stover goes fast but easy

EmailSAN MATEO, Calif. - Smokey Stover leaves Bay Meadows for Monmouth Park and the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Thursday after a strong final workout between races Sunday.

Trainer Greg Gilchrist, who heads east Friday, said Smokey Stover's 58.29-second five-furlong work under jockey Russell Baze was fine, although a bit faster than he wanted. Smokey Stover's fractions were 23.76 and 46.80. He broke off before the five-furlong pole and continued out well after crossing the finish line.

"I originally planned to work him Saturday, but with Friday's rain we waited a day, and the people at Bay Meadows let me work him between races Sunday when I thought the track would be better," Gilchrist said.

Gilchrist said he was looking for a work going "59-and-change to a minute," but Smokey Stover ran effortlessly and didn't seem to take a deep breath after the work.

"He did most of it the last quarter," Gilchrist said. "That's a pretty good final eighth of a mile."

Said Baze: "That was maybe a little faster than Greg wanted, but he did it easy. He started easy, picked it up a bit on the turn and a bit more in the lane."

Gilchrist plans to work Smokey Stover five furlongs at Monmouth next Monday. Aaron Gryder, who will ride him in the Sprint, will be aboard.

"I was originally thinking Sunday, but Aaron said he was committed to ride through Sunday but would fly there to work him Monday," said Gilchrist.

Cal Cup options for Somethinaboutlaura

Somethinaboutlaura, who beat Victorina in last Saturday's Luck Be a Lady Handicap, will run next in the California Cup at the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting on Nov. 3. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said she could go for a repeat in the 1 1/16-mile Matron on the main track or try the 6 1/2-furlong Distaff down Santa Anita's hillside turf course.

Somethinaboutlaura's victory improved her record to 16 for 28 and lifted her earnings to $960,865. Hollendorfer, a part owner, said he would like her to earn $1 million. He also said plans now are to run Somethinaboutlaura next season, but he expects she will make a great broodmare so there could also be some thought to breeding her next year. He said that he hoped to run rather than sell her foals.

Hollendorfer admits that Somethinaboutlaura holds a special place in his heart.

"We have the utmost respect for her," he said. "I'll tell you that."

Morey completes unusual stakes cycle

Pass the Heat's victory in Sunday's Bull Dog Stakes at the Big Fresno Fair gave trainer Bill Morey Jr. a rare distinction.

"I now have a stakes win at every track in California, from Del Mar to Ferndale to everyplace in between," Morey said. "I'm sure it's been done by other trainers, but I'm very proud of that. It was in the back of my mind with this horse."

Pass the Heat raised his career record to 5 wins in 6 starts. The Bull Dog marked his stakes debut.

Maiden beats stakes winners at Fresno

Even trainer Roger Hansen was a bit surprised when the maiden Vadheim scored a $50.60 upset in the $52,975 Harvest Futurity on Saturday at Fresno, edging the Grade 2 stakes-placed Sky Cape by a nose.

"The race came up tougher than I expected," Hansen said. "I thought about scratching, but I thought he could get third."

Vadheim sat third behind pacesetting Run Brother Ron and Whatever Whenever, both stakes winners. He was headed on the turn by Orientate Me but disposed of him and outfinished Sky Cape for the win.

As for future plans for Vadheim, Hansen said, "He's bred to run at least a mile and a sixteenth and on the turf."

Jockey banned 120 days for drugs

The Bay Meadows stewards suspended jockey Pedro Flores for 120 days (Sept. 14 through Jan. 11) for testing positive for amphetamines. Flores must complete a 90-day in-house rehabilitation program for his license to be reinstated. He then will be subject to a testing agreement.

Alex Bisono begins a three-day suspension Wednesday for causing interference aboard Good Man Dan after the start of the seventh race on Oct. 7. Good Man Dan was disqualified from third to seventh.

Apprentice Jose Martinez-Campos was suspended five days beginning Wednesday for causing interference in the stretch aboard Touch of Ireland in the fifth race Oct. 7.