11/12/2001 1:00AM

Time for Roaring Red to finish first


Roaring Red, three times a runner-up in very tough company this year, heads a strong group of allowance horses in Wednesday's third race. Roaring Red is winless so far in 2001, but he is the one to beat in Wednesday's six-furlong headliner at Golden Gate Fields.

Roaring Red finished a strong second last out at Bay Meadows beaten just a half-length by Radar Contact in 1:09.60. Trained by Bill Morey, he also finished a strong second in January in the Montclair Handicap here behind the speedy El Dorado Shooter. Roaring Red has won four races in his career to go along with nine seconds for earnings of more than $237,000.

Roaring Red's toughest challenges should come from the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained entry of Money Shot and Midnight Foxtrot, and from Big Bad Al. The Hollendorfer pair may even be the bettors' choice. Money Shot, who has three wins this year, just missed by a nose in a similar spot last out on Oct. 24 at Bay Meadows. He won a starter allowance at Bay Meadows and then triumphed in allowance company at Vallejo.

Midnight Foxtrot has made two starts this season and is looking for his first U.S. victory. He ran just once last season in the U.S., finishing far back in the Grade 2 Citation Handicap at Hollywood Park. He is training very well for his return Wednesday.

Big Bad Al finished fifth behind Hyder in a strong allowance feature last out on Oct. 3. He showed good speed in that six-furlong race at Bay Meadows and is the horse to catch here.

Kinetic Blend is also capable of surprising in Wednesday's feature. He has run just once this season, but does have a Golden Gate victory from last season.

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