12/03/2007 12:00AM

Sunshine Millions might be Laura's finale

EmailALBANY, Calif. - Economics may soon send new millionaire Somethinaboutlaura into retirement as a broodmare prospect, but the 5-year-old mare, who topped the seven-digit milestone in earnings with her victory in last Saturday's 1 1/16-mile Pacific Heights at Golden Gate Fields, has at least two more races in her future, according to trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.

"We are looking at the Sunshine Millions with a couple of races in mind," Hollendorfer said after Somethinaboutlaura's deceptively easy half-length victory over Swiss Current.

He said the 1 1/16-mile Campanile at Golden Gate Fields on New Year's Day might serve as a perfect prep for a Jan. 26 Sunshine Millions race.

Somethinaboutlaura's versatility gives Hollendorfer plenty of options for the Millions. There's the 1 1/8-mile Filly and Mare Turf or six-furlong Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita, and the 1 1/8-mile Distaff at Gulfstream. Hollendorfer will weigh Somethinaboutlaura's chances in each race but said he wanted to avoid Nashoba's Key, whom he thinks will run in the Filly and Mare Turf.

Hollendorfer, Charles Miller, John Sikura, and Dr. George Todaro will weigh options after the Sunshine Millions, but retirement would seem to be a good possibility.

Her versatility, which has been a key to becoming a millionaire, also makes her a great broodmare prospect. Todaro indicated that Sikura could arrange a mating to a top stallion.

"She's made the goals we set for her - to be a graded stakes winner and win a million dollars," Hollendorfer said. "Anything you do to enhance a horse's pedigree means something to somebody."

Somethinaboutlaura has won the Grade 2 A Gleam at Hollywood Park the past two years. About the only thing lacking on her resume is a Grade 1 win.

Hollendorfer also owns and trains Grade 1 winner Hystericalady, a millionaire who lost a photo in the Breeders' Cup Distaff.

Biddynthechief off to good start

It's considered bad luck in some circles to name a horse after a friend or loved one.

"I always tell my owners not to, because if it doesn't work out, they don't want to get rid of the horse," trainer Steve Specht said.

Perhaps that's one reason why he was happy for owner Dan O'Neill when his homebred Biddynthechief won her debut Sunday.

"She's had some problems," Specht said of the filly, "but it means a lot because she was named after his mother and father. Those were their nicknames."

Specht admitted that even he has named horses after family. He named Flying Kim after his daughter, Cosmo Nan after his wife, and also has a horse named Cousin Bruno.

Specht said he has chosen the 7 1/2-furlong On Trust Handicap at Hollywood Park on Dec. 22 as the final prep for McCann's Mojave before he tries to defend his title in the Sunshine Millions Classic.

Gilchrist pair likely for Corte Madera

Seventeen 2-year-old fillies were nominated for Saturday's $75,000 Corte Madera Stakes at one mile.

Set Play, winner of the Grade 1 Del Mar Debutante, is the big name among the nominees. She followed up an 11th-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies with a third in the Grade 3 Miesque on the turf at Hollywood Park in her last start, on Nov. 24.

Trainer Greg Gilchrist said he would probably run undefeated High Resolve, winner of the $150,000 Joe O'Farrell Juvenile Fillies at seven furlongs at Calder on Nov. 10, and Sky Mystic, unbeaten in two routes since running third to stablemate High Resolve in her debut.

La Mina, winner of the Oct. 26 Hidden Lite on the turf at Santa Anita, is the only other stakes winner nominated.

Three of the fillies - Doalittleraindance, Lady Railrider, and To B. Devon - have been entered in a Friday allowance sprint.

Slight edge to Darkness Night

Six older fillies and mares meet in Wednesday's feature, a $25,000 optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles.

Argentine-bred Darkness Night, second against similar two back at Bay Meadows, and third in a turf allowance race here on Nov. 17, comes in with the best last-race Beyer.

Ol' Razzle Dazzle, who faded late against better at Santa Anita on Nov.o1 in her first start since a Feb. 9 claim for $25,000, should be tougher with a race under her belt.

Home Ice, Peak in a Hurry, Cajun Monarch, and Fantastic Career round out a competitive field.

Dickinson seeks feedback on Tapeta

Michael Dickinson, inventor of the Tapeta surface used at Golden Gate Fields, flew out early for this week's Arizona racing symposium and came to Golden Gate Fields to talk with trainers and jockeys about the surface.

He said that he still would like to see the track slowed down just a bit but that trainers and jockeys remain very positive about the surface. He discussed injuries with trainers and continues to seek input about making the track safer.

Dickinson plans another visit late this week after the symposium on his way to Korea.

* Hollendorfer was fined $1,000 after Highly Quick, winner of the fifth race Oct. 19 at Bay Meadows, tested above the permitted limit for phenylbutazone.

* Jockey Macario Rodriguez will serve a three-day suspension Saturday, Sunday, and next Wednesday for causing interference aboard Kilkenny Aileen in the stretch run of last Friday's fifth race.