11/01/2006 12:00AM

Swingn' Notes brings back class


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Two years ago, it would have taken much more money than it will take on Friday to purchase Swingn' Notes.

The 5-year-old mare makes her return to the turf in Friday's Bay Meadows feature, a $62,500 optional claimer for fillies and mares at one mile. Swingn' Notes, Slews in Demand, and Thrill After Dark are entered for a claiming tag in the field of nine.

Swingn' Notes, who graduated on the turf as a 2-year-old, will make her first start on that surface since a dull try in the Palo Alto here two years ago.

"She was pretty darn good on the turf so I want to try her again," trainer Bud Klokstad said. "She hasn't had a chance, being stabled at Emerald Downs," where there is no turf course.

Swingn' Notes has solid turf breeding. Her dam, Timely View, excelled on the turf, earning $113,070 with three wins in 12 starts on the surface. She's a full sister to Public Official, whose only wins and placings came on the turf. She's a half to Time to Honor, whose two victories, including a California Cup win, were on the turf. Her sire, French Deputy, has a decent percentage of turf winners.

Swingn' Notes hasn't won in over two years, since the Kent Handicap at age 3 on July 18, 2004. Her record at that time was four wins in seven starts, with three stakes victories. A multiple stakes-winning filly at age 3 is certainly worth much more than the $62,500 she can be had for on Friday.

She's lost her past 15 starts, and, as Klokstad said, "She's not the horse she was."

"We've had nothing but problems with her," he said. "It's like with every horse, you try to keep them sound."

Swingn' Notes ran only twice as a 4-year-old, experiencing problems after running in the Hastings Park Handicap at Emerald Downs.

Klokstad hopes the change in surface wakes her up. She has a second and two thirds in six starts this year and has worked steadily since arriving here in early October.

She primarily has sprinted this year, although her final start at Emerald was at one mile. Her stalking style plays well on the turf.

Swingn' Notes will have to beat Thrill After Dark, who takes a big step up after winning a $32,000 claimer on the turf in wire-to-wire style. She has two wins and one second in four starts over the turf here, and has never been worse than second while recording three wins in four starts at the distance.

A full sister of multiple stakes winner Pheiffer, Thrill After Dark makes her third start after a nine-month layoff.