01/01/2008 12:00AM

Trainer tries to end dry spell


ALBANY, Calif. - Trainer Frances Henderson entered New Year's Day on an 0-for-157 losing streak that has lasted more than two years. If the 43-race maiden From Above didn't win Tuesday, she has a good chance to end the winless streak Thursday with Two Thirds Victory, who has five rivals in a maiden race for 3-year-old fillies at one mile on the Tapeta main track. Although she is 0 for 9, Two Thirds Victory has run second the last two times she faced maidens, at 7 1/2 furlongs and one mile on the turf. It took $400,000 purchase Sky Mystic to beat her the first time and Christmas Ship, who ran second in the Corte Madera Stakes in her next start, to beat her the second time.

Two Thirds Victory has never failed to pick up a check in her nine starts, including four stakes appearances. In her last race, Two Thirds Victory ran fifth Dec. 8 over the Tapeta surface here in the Corte Madera, giving way after six furlongs.

"She has a very light mouth, and the jockey took too strong a hold," Henderson said. "You have to leave her alone."

Henderson has faced frustrations and obstacles that would dent the resolve of most. She last won on Dec. 1, 2005, and she went 0 for 74 in 2006 and 0 for 73 in 2007. In addition, Henderson, who has trained for five decades, was not given stalls at Golden Gate Fields this fall after residing in Barn 52 for 27 years. She recently received some stalls there.

Still, the 77-year-old Henderson wouldn't trade places with anyone.

"I like the people and the lifestyle, and I love the horses," she said. "If you don't use your mind and body, you disintegrate. You have to keep plugging along."

Two Thirds Victory is by Peteski's Charm, winner of the 2000 Emerald Downs Derby and the best horse Henderson ever trained.

Strong field for Stinson Beach

Saturday's $50,000 Stinson Beach Stakes, at six furlongs for 3-year-olds, drew 12 nominees, but four of them will run in a one-mile allowance race Friday.

Expected to run in the Stinson Beach are the stakes winner Run Brother Ron; Moonlit Master and Saipan, who were first and third in a Dec. 15 allowance race; the highly touted Southern California debut winner Italian Rules; and Pleasure Grounds, who just won a Dec. 13 starter-allowance race here.

Stewards fine trainer

Golden Gate stewards fined trainer Daniel Franko $1,000, alleging he provided false information to the examining veterinarian resulting in the scratch of Left Em Burning from the ninth race at Golden Gate Fields on Nov. 18. According to the stewards, Franko told the veterinarian on Nov. 17 that Left Em Burning had a slight temperature and then he worked the horse five furlongs in 1:00.80 on Nov. 18.

* Trainer Roy Lumm was fined $400 because Last Thoughts, winner of the third race Dec. 9 at Golden Gate Fields, tested positive for flumethasone, a steroid-based anti-inflammatory.

* Jockey Omar Figueroa was suspended three days, Jan. 5-7, for causing interference in the stretch with Fantastic Event, who was disqualified from third to fourth in the first race last Friday.