04/18/2002 12:00AM

Surface the question for Genteel World


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Saturday's $55,000 San Jose Stakes at Bay Meadows could be a stepping-stone to bigger and better things for the six 3-year-old fillies entered in the one-mile race on the main track.

"I think there are a lot in the field with talent, but there are question marks about them," said trainer Jeff Bonde, who entered Genteel World in the San Jose.

Genteel World enters Saturday's race off two wins, but both of those victories came on the turf.

She finished fifth in her first start, a six-furlong race in the mud. That has been the only sprint of her career. Stretched out to a mile, she finished third, then second when she jumped a shadow near the finish and "beat herself," said Bonde.

Switched to the turf for her next start, Genteel World earned her maiden win and then repeated in an allowance race.

"She's a big filly," said Bonde, explaining that she ran greenly early in her career but has matured.

Bonde said he ran her on turf because of her breeding. Genteel World is by Breeders' Cup Mile winner Spinning World.

Although Bonde would like to race her on the turf, he said there's no appropriate grass race for her until the Bay Meadows Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on May 26.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out an uncoupled entry of Jade Necklace and Lost at Sea.

Hollendorfer said he likes Lost at Sea "a lot."

Lost at Sea, who has two wins, two seconds, and a third in six starts, has been sidelined with a foot injury since an impressive victory over Halo Tyra in a one-mile race at Golden Gate Fields, but she has a steady series of works for her return.

"She runs pretty well," said Hollendorfer, who believes Lost at Sea is at her best around two turns.

He said of Jade Necklace: "I like her better sprinting."

But Jade Necklace won an allowance race at a mile - her second straight victory - before finishing fifth in the six-furlong Emeryville Stakes at Golden Gate Fields on March 31.

The field for the San Jose, from the rail out, is Jade Necklace, Genteel World, Yourfinalanswer, Stonebridge Lady, Lost at Sea, and Daddy's Gold.

* Sunday's scheduled Atherton Handicap, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds, was cancelled Thursday when there were not enough nominations for the $55,000-added race.

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