05/29/2006 11:00PM

Sprint may end up two-horse race


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Will the Grade 3, $125,000 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint on Sunday be a match race?

Nine horses were nominated, but only two trainers - Art Sherman with Carthage and Jerry Hollendorfer with Trickey Trevor - have said they definitely will run. Carthage and Trickey Trevor each earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure in his last start, winning the Golden Gate Fields Sprint and Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap, respectively.

Among the other nominees, Eclipse sprint champion Lost in the Fog is at Churchill Downs to run in Saturday's Grade 3, $150,000 Aristides. Cal Cup Sprint winner Jet West, who was third in the Golden Shaheen in Dubai on March 25, needs more time to recover from that trip. Trainer Billy Morey said speedball Stone Rain wouldn't enter unless both Carthage and Trickey Trevor didn't.

"If they can scare Lost in the Fog out of town, they can keep Stone Rain out of the race," he quipped.

Trainer Doug O'Neill said Areyoutalkintome's possible appearance will be an entry-day decision on Thursday.

Trainer Steve Specht believes the race comes too close to Bonfante's comeback victory in the California Sprint Championship on the turf May 20. But he is also concerned that Bonfante won't have another chance to run until the six-furlong Sam J. Whiting at Pleasanton on July 8, the Robert Kerlan on the turf at Hollywood Park on July 9, or the seven-furlong Triple Bend at Hollywood Park on July 2.

As Specht noted, Bonfante beat Trickey Trevor in Pleasanton and Santa Rosa last summer. Trickey Trevor, however, is in much better form than he was last summer.

Flying Supercon, scratched last week when he was unable to get transportation from Arizona, and Peak a Bootrando, just claimed from a win for $32,000 on May 19, might run. Third-place money for Peak a Bootrando, who is Breeders' Cup nominated, would be $18,750.

Gonzalez saddles a pair of bombers

In Sunday's fifth race, Really Tricky ($114.60) gave trainer Ramon Gonzalez his second boxcar winner on the day. He had saddled $81.60 winner The Fourteenth in the second race.

Before the sixth race, Mina Girl acted up in the gate and was scratched. There was no consolation double in the fifth and sixth races with Really Tricky and Mina Girl because there were no tickets sold combining those two.

There were, however, consolations in the pick-three wagers for races 4-5-6 and races 5-6-7, under the new California rule begun last week that provides for pick-three consolations if a horse is scratched.

There was no consolation in the 6-7-8 pick three because no winning tickets from the final two legs with Payday Advance ($21.40 in the seventh) and Culmen ($47.60 in the eighth) had Mina Girl in the sixth race to start the sequence.

Why three in Oaks were scratched

Monday's Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Oaks lost three runners to cut the field to six. Hollendorfer scratched Hystericalady and plans to run her in the Grade 2, $150,000 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks on June 11. He said he didn't want Hystericalady to try both a route and turf at the same time. The Hollywood Oaks is on the main track.

Trainer Peter Miller kept Royal Cheer in Southern California, saying he would run her in Sunday's Honeymoon Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park.

The Oaks morning-line favorite, Bai and Bai, was scratched because trainer Bill Delia noticed tenderness in her left front foot. "I want to run in this race so bad I can taste it, but the way she's acting I can't take a chance," he said.

* Ray Harris, who books mounts for Hall of Famer Russell Baze and Chad Schvaneveldt, wound up Saturday on a high note when Baze, aboard El Don, held off Schvaneveldt and Sharp Writer by a head to win the $71,350 San Matean Handicap. In the nightcap in the next race, Schvaneveldt won aboard Take Warning with Baze finishing second aboard favored Six Picker Paul.

* Direct Exposure and Zoning In, both of whom have been working well for their debut, meet in Thursday's feature, a 4 1/2 -furlong race for 2-year-old maidens. Royal Genes is another good-looking first-timer, while Love That Gin makes his second start after running third to Genuine Talent, who won the Willard Proctor Memorial at Hollywood Park on Saturday.