04/03/2002 1:00AM

Stakes runners try switching surfaces


ARCADIA, Calif. - In bids to revive disappointing seasons, Agol Lack and Seinne are switching surfaces for major stakes on Saturday.

Agol Lack, trained by Laura de Seroux, has been running on turf since October but starts in the $150,000 San Bernardino Handicap over 1 1/8 miles on the main track. In his only other start on dirt, he finished fourth in the 2000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park.

Seinne was unplaced in three stakes on dirt earlier this year and starts in the $150,000 Arcadia Handicap on turf. Trainer Ron McAnally is hoping Seinne reverts to the form he had in South America, where he was a group stakes winner.

The San Bernardino and Arcadia are part of the undercard for the $750,000 Santa Anita Derby.

The 6-year-old Agol Lack was a multiple stakes winner in France but has not duplicated that form in this country. He was 10th in the Grade 2 San Gabriel Handicap in his last start on Dec. 30.

Agol Lack will wear blinkers in the San Bernardino in an effort to keep him focused.

"He works much braver and more aggressive with blinkers," de Seroux said.

"He's had back luck in a few races. In his last start he had trouble on both turns.

"I think this is a great start to try him on the dirt. He's sort of a one-paced horse."

The San Bernardino will have a weak field. None of the first three starters from the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap on March 2 is starting. Bosque Redondo, who won the Tokyo City Handicap on March 9, and Freedom Crest, the upset winner of the Goodwood Breeders' Cup Handicap last October but unplaced in the Big Cap, are leading contenders. Last Parade and Mysterious Cat will be longshots.

Seinne will face seven stakes winners in the Arcadia - El Gran Papa, Homeland, Irish Prize, Kerrygold, Sligo Bay, Sumati, and Sumitas.

Seinne won a Group 2 over 1 1/4 miles in March 2001 in Chile, but has managed two wins in six starts in this country. He was fourth in the Grade 2 San Pasqual Handicap on the main track on Jan. 5, and ninth in the Santa Anita Handicap on March 2.

McAnally realizes that 5-year-old Seinne will face a difficult assignment in the Arcadia, run over 1 1/8 miles, but feels he is playing to his horse's strength.

"The toughest of the two races will be on turf, but it looks like he's stronger on turf," McAnally said.

Tracemark would make eight

A field of seven is probable for Saturday's $750,000 Santa Anita Derby, and it could grow to eight if Tracemark is supplemented for $15,000 on Thursday.

Trainer Craig Dollase said he and owner Edward McGrath were considering the race, hoping for a major defection. "We're still playing it by ear," he said on Wednesday.

A decision is required on Thursday when entries are taken. The probables include Came Home, Danthebluesgrassman, Easy Grades, Jack's Silver, Lusty Latin, Mayakovsky, and U S S Tinosa.

Cee Dreams euthanized

Cee Dreams, the winner of the California Cup Matron last November, was euthanized in March after suffering complications from sesamoid and suspensory injuries sustained during training in January.

Cee Dreams had her right foreleg amputated below the knee in February after an injury in a workout at Santa Anita. She was fitted for a prosthesis in mid-March but foundered on the left foreleg a few days later, according to trainer Peter Eurton.

A winner of 11 of 40 starts and $433,318, she was owned by the partnership of Frank Alesia, Joe Ciaglia, and Mike Mellen.

The prosthesis was considered a radical procedure, and was intended to give Cee Dreams a chance at a broodmare career.

"I saw what it put her through and I don't think I'd do it again," Eurton said.

Menacing Dennis in Zany Tactics

Menacing Dennis will start in Sunday's Zany Tactics Stakes. The decision came after trainer Jeff Bonde discussed options with the horse's owner, JMJ Racing Stable.

The Zany Tactics, run over 6 1/2 furlongs, will be Menacing Dennis's stakes debut. He won a maiden race at Monmouth Park last summer and an allowance race here on March 6.

Bonde said Menacing Dennis is using the Zany Tactics as a prep to the $250,000 Snow Chief Stakes on April 28.

The Zany Tactics favorite will be Officer, the winner of the Champagne Stakes and Del Mar Futurity last year.