10/27/2004 11:00PM

'Trevor' sets record for Morey


SAN MATEO, Calif. - For the second time in less than a year, a horse trained by William E. Morey set a track record.

On Wednesday, the Morey-trained Trickey Trevor broke Mr. Doubledown's Bay Meadows track record for five furlongs, holding off You Crack Me Up by a nose as he clocked 56.01 seconds on a wet-fast track after fractions of 21.41 and 43.93. Mr. Doubledown, a multiple stakes winner, set the old record of 56.44 seconds on a sloppy track on March 9, 2000.

The Morey-trained Smoke Til Dawn broke the Golden Gate Fields track record for six furlongs with a 1:07.45 clocking on Dec. 17, 2003.

Trickey Trevor, entered for a $32,000 claiming price after running fifth in a $62,500 optional claimer on Oct. 14 off a layoff of nearly one year, was claimed out of the race by trainer John Martin for owner Robert Bone.

Wednesday's race was scheduled for the turf, but Morey entered in the belief the race would be moved to the main track.

"Most likely, he wouldn't have run on a soft turf course," Morey said.

Morey claimed Trickey Trevor for $50,000 for Gene Johnson on May 24, 2003. Trickey Trevor was second in the Sam J. Whiting Handicap at Pleasanton in his next start, followed by a third in the Ernest Finley Handicap at Santa Rosa.

"He wasn't bad to us," Morey said. Trickey Trevor earned $54,050 in seven starts for Morey, plus the $32,000 claiming price.

Wednesday's winning jockey, Roberto Gonzalez, was Mr. Doubledown's regular rider, although he wasn't aboard for the record run.

Mr. Doubledown "was at his best when he set that record, so it means a lot to beat it," Gonzalez said.

Martin said he had considered claiming Trickey Trevor, but Bone sealed the decision when he called and asked about the 5-year-old horse.

"It was a horse I liked, but it was mostly Bob's decision," Martin said. "I saw how tough that last race was, and he dropped to the right place for us to claim him."