04/26/2005 12:00AM

Speed role belongs to Dynawhite


SAN MATEO, Calif. - The big headlines this time of year go to 3-year-olds in Kentucky, and the local spotlight falls on 3-year-olds as well.

Eight colts signed up for Thursday's Bay Meadows feature, a first-level allowance race at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf. Among the main contenders are Dynawhite, Lucky Bid, and Sharp Writer.

, a $31,000 purchase at the Keeneland yearling sale, graduated in the slop at Golden Gate Fields on Jan. 9, winning by 18 lengths. He was brought back in the Turf Paradise Derby on Feb. 12 and lost by 15 lengths after being a pace factor for the first six furlongs.

Dynawhite returned in an allowance race at Bay Meadows on March 20 and got a wide trip as part of the pace and tired late, finishing third. He finished second to Mighty Empire in a turf allowance April 10, and makes his second straight start on turf Thursday.

Dynawhite has a bullet work since then and will be one that both Sharp Writer and Lucky Bid will have to catch.

won his maiden on dirt at Santa Anita's Oak Tree meet last October and returned four weeks later to put in his best effort in three turf tries, finishing second by a head in the $80,000 Pinjara. Most recently, Lucky Bid finished eighth, beaten 3 1/2 lengths, in an optional claiming race on turf April 3 at Santa Anita.

returns to the turf after finishing sixth in the San Mateo Mile and fifth in the El Camino Real Derby. Before those two races, he was beaten a nose by Santa Anita Derby winner Buzzards Bay in the Golden Gate Derby. Sharp Writer has hit the board in all three of his starts on the turf, including a maiden victory at 1 1/16 miles at Golden Gate Fields in December and a third at 7 1/2 furlongs here last fall.

Abuse of Power and Elegant Ice have the speed to run with Dynawhite, but might scratch to run in Saturday's Gregson Foundation Sprint Stakes. If they do, Dynawhite may have an easy time on the front end from the rail. The 7 1/2-furlong distance seems ideal for Dynawhite, who has the best last-race Beyer Speed Figure in Thursday's field. Although he has finished back in the pack in New York and Arizona, Dynawhite has never finished off the board in California.

J.J. Maroun, second to Booming Along here in a March starter allowance race on turf, could fill out the exacta or trifecta.