02/28/2008 12:00AM

Stakes looks like match race


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Somethinaboutlaura, a millionaire, and Bai and Bai, who is well on her way to millionaire status, will square off Saturday in the $65,000 Foster City Handicap at Bay Meadows.

The one-mile race for California-bred fillies and mares attracted seven entrants.

On paper, it has the making of a two-horse race. Somethinaboutlaura brings in strong enough credentials to make her a single in the late pick four, pick three, and double, with

6 wins in 6 starts over the track.

Between them, Somethinaboutlaura and Bai and Bai have 20 stakes victories and 39 stakes placings. Both have placed in Grade 1 events, and Somethinaboutlaura is a Grade 2 winner.

Somethinaboutlaura, who has 18 wins, 4 seconds, and 4 thirds in

33 starts, has earned $1,116,365. Bai and Bai, privately purchased by the Robert and Beverly Lewis Trust last year after beginning her career in Northern California, has 8 wins,

7 seconds and 3 thirds in 22 starts and earnings of $592,718.

For both mares, Saturday's race is to be followed by a Southern California campaign.

In her first start since finishing second in the Cal Cup Matron on Nov. 3, the 5-year-old Bai and Bai ran sixth in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf on Jan. 26 at Santa Anita.

"She didn't handle the turf that day," Bai and Bai's trainer, Craig Dollase, said from his Hollywood Park barn Thursday. "The timing is good for this race, and we hope to use it as a springboard for some races down here."

Six-year-old Somethinaboutlaura became a millionaire on New Year's Day in the Campanile Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. She dead-heated for fourth after setting the pace in the Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Turf and finished third in the Grade 1 Santa Maria after leading in the lane in the Feb. 9 race at Santa Anita.

"We're looking at a couple of Cal-bred races in Southern California for her," said Somethinaboutlaura's trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer.

Both Somethinaboutlaura (14) and Bai and Bai (6) have more stakes wins than any of their rivals have victories.

Swiss Current, also a stakes winner, could provide the most competition, having come within a half-length of Somethinaboutlaura two starts ago and finished in a dead heat for third behind Bai and Bai and ahead of Somethinaboutlaura in the Cal Cup Matron.

Somethinaboutlaura's stablemate Andover the Cash has won her

last two starts, both in allowance company.

Rounding out the field are Purrfectly Fitting, who dead heated for third with Swiss Current in the Matron, Film Editor, and Star Voyager.