10/09/2007 11:00PM

Tapeta surface weathers storm

EmailALBANY, Calif. - Although three-quarters of an inch of rain fell here Tuesday night, the new Tapeta surface at Golden Gate Fields was dry Wednesday morning as horses went about their work.

Trainer Bill Delia said the track looked about the same Wednesday morning as it did Tuesday, before the rain.

"I've talked to some of the riders that have worked horses, and they said track is very good," Delia said. "I'm very happy with it."

Trainer Gil Matos noted that his horses came back from their exercise clean, not splattered with mud.

"It rained pretty hard here last night, but the horses coming back look completely clean," he said. "Their feet look like they've already been washed and rinsed."

The track opened for training last Friday, and workout times seem to be in line with the old surface. There were 10 workouts Monday through Wednesday, with three-furlong times ranging from 37.20 seconds to 37.80 and four-furlong times ranging from 47.60 to 49.

Trainer Gloria Haley said she will begin working horses over the track by the end of the week.

"My horses did get a little more tired galloping over it, but you can adjust your work schedule," Haley said. "That's one reason why I'm taking a little more time."

Silva handed 10-day suspension

A serious accident in Saturday's running of the Autumn Leaves Handicap at Bay Meadows was averted when Gallant Charmer, who looked to be falling, bumped into Live Life and regained her balance.

The incident came as the field turned for home. Gallant Charmer and jockey Carlos Silva were unleashing a big move but had nowhere to go, and they clipped heels with Rockella.

"My horse held her up," said Live Life's rider, Chad Schvaneveldt. "At one point, her head was under my horse's neck."

Silva was handed a 10-day suspension that will sideline him until the final day of the Bay Meadows meeting on Nov. 4. Silva was already scheduled to begin a seven-day suspension Friday. He has had four suspensions this meet, all for "altering course without sufficient clearance," according to the stewards' rulings.

He received three days for his ride aboard C.J. Hawk in the sixth race on Aug. 26, five days for his ride aboard Best Tribute in the seventh race on Sept. 13, and the seven days for his race Sept. 30 on Benson Road.

Jockey Kyle Kaenel will serve a five-day suspension beginning Saturday for causing interference down the backstretch of last Friday's third race aboard Freedoms Cat.

Luck Be a Lady draws seven

A very strong field of seven signed up for Saturday's $50,000-added Luck Be a Lady Handicap for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

The multiple stakes winners Somethinaboutlaura and Victorina head a field that includes Victory Script, Royal Kleven, Kalookan Dancer, Truly Quiet, and Tucker's Tune. Somethinaboutlaura is undefeated in five starts at Bay Meadows. Victory Script has won all seven of her starts this year.

Strong fields for optional claimers

Friday's co-features are a pair of $50,000 optional claimers. The first of them, for fillies and mares, includes runners that would fit nicely in Saturday's stakes.

Dearest Trickski has won 4 of her past 5 starts. Denaesalildevil has run third behind Victorina and Vaca City Flyer in 2 of her past 3 starts and she won the other race.

Also entered is A.V. Flynn, who set a track record in her 2-year-old debut at Pleasanton last year and then won a stakes. She has not run since undergoing surgery for a bone chip in an ankle following the Sunshine Millions Oaks in January.

Stakes winner Glorification and Fancy and Free round out the field.

Six male sprinters compete in the companion feature at 5 1/2 furlongs. Among them is Brummel, who is 3 for 3 this year.