08/17/2004 11:00PM

Tonsilitis tries to hold up her end


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Trainer Greg Gilchrist scratched Tonsilitis on Aug. 5, when she appeared the likeliest winner in a $32,000 starter allowance.

Her stablemate, Factual Lady, won that race, and Gilchrist will run Tonsilitis in Friday's Bay Meadows Fair feature. Gilchrist hopes she'll match her stablemate's effort against Beezer and Class Edition, the fillies who ran second and third to Factual Lady at Santa Rosa.

Five 3-year-old fillies meet in a $32,000 starter allowance at six furlongs.

She has run only twice, but showed improvement in her second start as she scored a wire-to-wire victory in a $25,000 maiden claimer at Solano. She got away with a moderate pace that day and will find more speed here.

She set the pace with fractions of 22.56 and 45.31. She was pressured early but pulled away in the lane.

In her debut, she made up ground late. The way she has finished in both starts hints that she won't need the lead here to win.

Several rivals have run sub-45-second fractions.

The lead may go to Fashionable Lite, who has been close to fast fractions in her recent starts. She hasn't run since a third-place finish against similar at Pleasanton, where she faded and was passed late by Class Edition after sitting just off fractions of 21.79 and 44.57.

She's worked well in the interim, including a pair of half-mile bullet drills that hint she'll flash early speed here.

Silver Box, making her first start in 11 months, showed speed last year and has solid works for her return. Fresh horses often show speed.

Beezer and Class Edition sat off Factual Lady's fast fractions of 22.43 and 44.59 at Santa Rosa, but they figure to be pace factors here.

* Jockeys Juan Avila and Roberto Gonzalez are sitting out three-day suspensions after committing infractions in last Saturday's fifth race. Both were cited by the stewards for "Crossing over without sufficient clearance and causing interference in the stretch."