06/01/2006 12:00AM

A solid five in Sprint field


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Sunday's $125,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint drew five entrants. Earlier in the week, only two runners were considered definite for the six-furlong race, Carthage and Trickey Trevor. They entered, along with Bonfante, Areyoutalkintome, and Peak a Bootrando.

Carthage has won four straight, including three stakes, and defeated Eclipse sprint winner Lost in the Fog in his last start. Trickey Trevor is coming off a victory in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap. Bonfante just captured the California Sprint Championship coming off a nearly eight-month layoff. Graded winner Areyoutalkintome comes off a pair of seconds in the Tiznow and the Grade 3 Los Angeles Handicap. The four stakes winners have combined for 41 wins, 14 in stakes, and $1,756,100 in earnings.

"For northern California to come up with this kind of field is a feather in our hat," said Art Sherman, who trains Carthage.

Carthage and Trickey Trevor are the co-highweights at 120, with Bonfante getting in at 117 and Areyoutalkintome 116. Peak a Bootrando, who will be making his stakes debut, gets in at 110. Claimed for $32,000 by trainer Wesley Ward in his last start, he is guaranteed to earn at least $3,125, the prize for fifth.

Passive Income faces older runners

The 3-year-old Passive Income, coming off a victory in the North Beach overnight stakes April 15, faces older rivals for the first time Saturday in a $62,500 optional claimer at one mile. Among his opponents is fellow 3-year-old Soft Seventeen, who finished third in the North Beach.

Meeting older shouldn't prove that big a hurdle for Passive Income, who has raced against Kentucky Derby runners Cause to Believe and Point Determined.

Off since the North Beach win on April 15, Passive Income has worked steadily, including a pair of six-furlong drills. He should be able to sit off Gilded Bertrando early and get his preferred stalking trip here.

Kilgowan, winless since capturing the 2004 El Camino Real Derby, is also entered. He did nothing in a turf marathon, but ran well in his previous main-track start following a layoff of nearly three months.

Black Horse Money, last year's Humboldt County Marathon winner at Ferndale, will be gunning for his fourth straight victory as he continues to streak up the class ladder.

Rounding out the field are stakes-placed Real Temptation and Megabyte, who drops a notch and also has a good work pattern following a freshener.

* Leading rider Russell Baze is riding Lost in the Fog and Victorina at Churchill Downs on Saturday. He also missed Friday night's card, but is scheduled to ride here Sunday.