12/07/2004 12:00AM

Three come off victories in debuts


ALBANY, Calif. - One race does not a career make. But if that one race is a debut victory, it can surely make a horse's career seem promising.

Three of the seven runners in Thursday's Golden Gate Fields feature have won their their only starts, and a fourth won her last start. A fifth, Queenmab'sdaughter, is also coming off a win, in a starter allowance race, and is the lone entrant in Thursday's six-furlong allowance race for 2-year-old fillies with two victories.

Trolley Belle, Lovin Glory, and My Favorite Sport won their career debuts and are making their second starts. Lovin Glory defeated Etoile Petite, an entrymate of Queenmab'sdaughter, by five lengths in her debut, but Etoile Petite won her next start by five lengths.

The entry could be tough here. Queenmab'sdaughter can sit close to the lead in a first-run position, and Etoile Petite can sit farther off the pace and come running late.

Lovin Glory won impressively, stumbling at the eighth pole while in front, then regaining her balance to sail to victory. But she has been gone seven weeks and has only moderate drills of late.

My Favorite Sport stumbled at the start of her debut in a maiden claimer. She was in midpack on the backstretch, rallied five wide on the turn for the lead, and pulled away. Her six-furlong time was a relatively slow 1:12, but the way she moved was impressive.

Trolley Belle might be the one to beat. She won a five-furlong race wire to wire, by nine lengths, while not being asked for her best.