04/25/2002 11:00PM

Surprising payoff raises eyebrows

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INGLEWOOD, Calif. - Whether or not she goes on to win the $65,000 Nursery Stakes for 2-year-old fillies May 11, Global Finance forever will be remembered as the filly who was the object of a successful out-of-state gamble. Global Finance's odds to win plummeted from 9-2 to 2-5 during the running of the first race Wednesday, when $118,000 was bet on her to win in the final seconds before post time. The payoff shocked everyone, including the filly's trainer Jerry Dutton.

"Heck yes, I was surprised," Dutton said. "When the $2.80 [payoff] came up, I thought I was going to get $12.80. I though the tote board had a glitch." Dutton said that Global Finance, a daughter of End Sweep, came out of the race in good shape, and would point for the five-furlong Nursery on May 11.

Meanwhile, the California Horse Racing Board is looking into the matter. The last-second bets were placed through a wagering hub in Lewiston, Maine. The CHRB was able to verify the wagers were placed before the start of the race, but the Board still has questions. CHRB spokesman Mike Marten said: "It's not an investigation; it's more of an inquiry."

Noses off

Echo Eddie's Singapore rematch with Caller One is off. They finished only a nose apart March 24 in the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai, but Echo Eddie subsequently returned to finish last in a Cal-bred stakes on April 19. Friday morning at Santa Anita, Echo Eddie worked three furlongs in 38.20 seconds, breezing.

Asked if a trip to Singapore on May 11 was still being considered, Echo Eddie's trainer Darrell Vienna said no. Vienna remains baffled by Echo Eddie's dull effort. "That wasn't a bounce, it was a catastrophe. It's a real puzzler, I can't explain it." Meanwhile, trainer Jim Chapman said Caller One would ship to Singapore along with Western Pride for races there May 11.

CHRB establishes minimum housing standards

The CHRB on Thursday approved seven emergency regulations establishing minimum standards for employee housing and sanitation facilities in stable areas. The regulations apply to all backstretch housing provided by racetracks. The regulations set minimum requirements for light and ventilation, and require separate toilet, bath, and showers. They also require such health and safety measures as pest control, regular garbage collection, smoke detectors, and evacuation plans in case of fire.

The CHRB also reported at its meeting that advance deposit wagering handle totaled $22,990,000 from Jan. 25 through April 14. This represented 4 percent of the $573 million combined California ontrack, offtrack, and ADW handle for that period. According to the CHRB, 85 percent was wagered on Thoroughbred races at Santa Anita, Bay Meadows, and Golden Gate Fields; 10.5 percent on harness races at Cal Expo; and 4.5 percent on Quarter Horse races at Los Alamitos.

o Kona Gold is showing that he still has some run. Breeders' Cup Sprint winner and champion sprinter in 2000, Kona Gold worked five furlongs Friday at Santa Anita in 57.80 seconds. The work was the fastest of 38 workouts at the distance. The next-fastest work was 58.60 seconds.

o Hot Market, a Cee's Tizzy 4-year-old who scored an impressive allowance win April 6 at Santa Anita, continues to train like something special. He worked a half-mile Friday at Santa Anita in 46.80 seconds, fastest of 41 works at the distance. Trained by Craig Lewis, Hot Market's full brother Cold Market worked five furlongs in 1:01.60. Lewis considered a maiden stakes for him Sunday, but decided to wait.

o Skimming worked six furlongs Friday in 1:14.20, and is on tilt for his 2002 debut May 12 in the Grade 2 Mervyn LeRoy Handicap. Skimming finished second in the race last year, and later in the summer won the Pacific Classic for the second straight year for Bobby Frankel.