03/02/2010 12:00AM

Specht looking south with filly


Trainer Steve Specht is looking for a stakes for Antares World, and Bill Morey Jr. is looking for an allowance race for Trapper's Bounty after both 3-year-old fillies won nicely last week at Golden Gate Fields.

Antares World, who won the California Oaks on New Year's Day, defeated favored She's Funomenal by two lengths in a one-mile allowance race Thursday. Specht is probably out of options at Golden Gate Fields until the April 17 Golden Poppy, a 11/16-mile turf stakes. Antares World has never run on turf, but the surface should be no problem for her, considering she is a daughter of the turf runner Decarchy and out of Alashir's World, whose two victories both came on turf.

Antares World has won 4 of her last 5 starts, the lone defeat coming by a head to Salty Fries in the Corte Madera Stakes.

"I'll have to watch down south," said Specht. "The only thing we've got to look forward to is if they put up an overnight stakes down there."

Morey runners finished first and third in a Saturday sprint. Trapper's Bounty was a wire-to-wire winner, while Roman Lady ran third in her second career start. Both fillies are still eligible to run in a first-level allowance.

Trapper's Bounty won her debut in wire-to-wire style on Nov. 27. She faded to fifth in a $32,000 optional claimer on Jan. 16 and was entered for a $32,000 claiming price on Saturday, when she was ridden by Michael Martinez.

"The rider did a wonderful job getting her to relax and run a 46 half, although on this track, you never know." Morey said. "When she seems to be right, she's really right."

Morey has been using a chiropractor to help Trapper's Bounty overcome her back problems.

"Her rear end goes out on her occasionally on this track," Morey said.

While Morey thinks Trapper's Bounty will be best sprinting, he believes Roman Lady will go long. She is a half-sister to the millionaire route winner Bold Chieftain.

"I think she'll definitely go two turns, and that's what we'll look for next time," Morey said. "She doesn't want to be pushed on early, and her family members have all done well routing."

As for Bold Chieftain, he is likely to run next at Oaklawn Park, either in the $100,000 Fifth Season on April 8 or the $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap on April 3.

Three meet again in feature

Thursday's feature is a strong $50,000 optional claiming sprint, with a field that includes the stakes winner Bamaha Breeze, Restless Youth, and Paul's Hope. Also entered were Santa Anita invader Winsome Charm and the stakes-placed Adriatic Moon.

Bamaha Breeze, Restless Youth, and Paul's Hope filled out the last three positions - fourth, fifth and sixth - in an allowance sprint here on Feb. 11.

Sticking with four-day meet

Golden Gate Fields will continue its four-day race weeks, Thursday through Sunday, until the conclusion of Santa Anita's meeting on April 18.

The track was to add Wednesdays and expand to five-day weeks on March 17, but was given approval by the California Horse Racing Board to stay with four days until the week of April 21.

Duran approaching milestone

Francisco Duran enters the week one victory shy of career win No. 1,000. Duran, tied for 10th with nine wins at the meet, has two mounts Thursday: Audaciously in the first and Marked Treasure in the fifth. He has one mount on Friday: Savoy in the first race.

The 32-year-old Duran, who grew up in Oxnard, Calif., began riding late. He was 24 when he got his first win aboard his 25th mount, Nice Calves on Dec. 30, 2001. He was a finalist in the Eclipse balloting for apprentice jockey in 2002.

* Newcomer Enrique Gonzalez lit up the tote board Sunday with his first Golden Gate victory. A 25-year-old rider from Mexico City, he guided 55-1 shot Sizzling Gold to victory in a 5 1/2-furlong $8,000 maiden claimer for trainer Cliff DeLima. The victory came in Gonzalez's 10th start.