11/27/2006 12:00AM

Vicarino a scary presence


SAN MATEO, Calif. - While the hoopla and attention of fans at Bay Meadows has been rightfully directed at Russell Baze's pursuit of Laffit Pincay Jr.'s all-time record for career victories, young horses will attract attention here Saturday.

On paper, the field for the $55,000 Winners' Foundation Stakes at six furlongs is strong and intriguing. There are only seven nominees, including three from trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, and it is questionable whether the race will go. That's because the nominees might not want to take on Vicarino, who set a track record when he won the Harvest Festival Futurity at the Big Fresno Fair last time out, on Oct.o13. He won by 11 lengths, and his time of 1:07.34 broke Two Out of Three's track record.

Trainer Greg Gilchrist said he planned to run Vicarino in the Hollywood Prevue, but a low blood count forced him to scrap those plans and look at the Winners' Foundation instead.

Vicarino recorded a five-furlong bullet drill in 57 seconds Saturday at Golden Gate Fields. Rather than scare rivals away, the work may raise hopes that Vicarino might be vulnerable a week after such a blazing drill.

Baze, who will be aboard Vicarino again, has ridden all three Hollendorfer nominees: Another Kris, who won his debut Dec. 19 and might not come back this quickly; Candy's Bro, a winner of two straight after finishing second in his debut; and Double Action, an allowance winner for Hollendorfer after being purchased from a maiden win in Florida.

Also nominated are Babcock Lake, who has finished second in his past two starts, and stakes-placed Caped for Flight and Street Lights from Southern California. Street Lights, runner-up in the Im Smokin, is the lone Cal-bred nominated.

Rivals taking different paths

Frisco Star and his arch-rival, Barber, are heading in different directions.

While Barber will stay in training, Frisco Star, who was 3 for 3 before going to the sidelines with a cracked shin in February, will stand next year in Florida at Sequel Stallions for $5,000. Owned by Harry Aleo, Frisco Star was sold to Stonewall Stallions in Kentucky, who then arranged for him to stand at the Florida farm. Gilchrist said the sale of Frisco Star was strictly a "business decision."

A 3-year-old, Frisco Star set a Santa Rosa track record in his 2-year-old debut last year. His biggest win came in his last start Feb. 19, when he beat Barber by 1 1/4 lengths in the $42,000 Novato at Golden Gate Fields

Barber, who lost twice to Frisco Star and has two wins and four seconds in six starts, had his first work in five months Friday. He went an easy three furlongs in 37.80 seconds at Hollywood Park.

In addition to his two losses to Frisco Star, Barber lost to Cause to Believe and was then runner-up to Corazondelcampeon in the Harry Henson at Hollywood Park in his last start.

Just five in Wednesday feature

Five allowance runners going one mile make up Wednesday's feature, as entry numbers dip following a solid week of entries.

Where's My Halo, the lone 3-year-old in the field and a new addition to Hollendorfer's barn, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite under Baze. He was a distant third behind Bold Chieftain in the Hays Valley at Golden Gate Fields, then ran second in a 1 1/4-mile allowance race here Nov. 5.

Hollendorfer also sends out speedy Youhadyourchance, who won a $16,000 claimer following a 3 1/2-month layoff and lost by a nose for a $25,000 tag in his last start.

Pecan Nut, runner-up in a Grade 2 in his native Argentina, seeks his first U.S. victory. Cabo's Dawn switches to the dirt for the first time in nearly a year. Notarized stretches out following two sprints after a year's layoff.