05/30/2005 11:00PM

Somethinaboutlaura able to erase bad memories


ALBANY, Calif. - When Somethinaboutlaura had a disastrous debut at Del Mar last summer, trainer Chuck Peery decided to go back to the drawing board.

"We decided to let her grow up and be a 3-year-old when she raced again," he said. "We had the opportunity because [owner] Phil Rowe shows patience. After her bad experience, she just needed to be in a field to forget what happened."

Racing against $40,000 Cal-bred maiden claimers, Somethinaboutlaura steadied at the start and later bore out, finishing last of 11, beaten 23 lengths, in her first lifetime start.

Waiting to race her again until this spring paid off, because won her comeback impressively and now will meet five rivals in Thursday's Golden Gate Fields feature, a $40,000 starter allowance at six furlongs for 3-year-old fillies.

"She showed promise from the beginning," Peery said. "Right away from the gate, she had problems in her first race. She steadied, had sand kicked in her face, and lugged out.

"When she came back," he added, referring to Somethinaboutlaura's win on May 8, "it was kind of like making her first start."

Peery is a firm believer that horses remember things, both good and bad, so he wanted Somethinaboutlaura's comeback to be a good experience. She flashed good speed from the gate and continued on well.

Peery was also encouraged by a five-furlong bullet drill after that start.

"She did it all on her own," he said. "I'm glad we were able to get one more work, though."

A pair of horses trained by Ed Moger Jr. could provide the toughest opposition.

, making her first start in eight months, may show improvement similar to Somethinaboutlaura's. Gentle Charmer won a $32,000 maiden claimer at Fairplex in her previous start.

has run against some tough ones at this level and should put pressure on Somethinaboutlaura early.

Art Sherman also sends out two: Rare Insight, who finished fifth at 4-5 after a big win in her debut, and Brenda's Time, who won a bottom-level maiden claimer in her debut. Southern California-based Comics Dream rounds out the field.

Rolling Green tops weekend stakes

Adreamisborn, who will be spotting rivals a minimum of six pounds, heads the field for Saturday's $100,000 Rolling Green Breeders' Cup Handicap, a 1 1/8-mile turf race. He followed a second-place finish to Castledale in the Grade 2 San Francisco BC Handicap with a victory in an allowance race here.

Aly Bubba, third in both of those races; Terroplane, fourth in the San Francisco; Mister Acpen; and Capitano are also considered likely starters.

Trickey Trevor, whose six-race winning streak was snapped in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap, and Onebadshark are expected to run in Sunday's $55,000-added Oakland Handicap, a six-furlong sprint.