03/01/2002 1:00AM

You may recall feature runner


ALBANY, Calif. - On the same day the names of 19 nominees for the $200,000 El Camino Real Derby were released, a familiar name resurfaced to run in Golden Gate Fields' Sunday feature race.

Remember Sheikh, the 2000 El Camino Real Derby winner, was entered in a $40,000 optional claimer at a mile. Remember Sheikh, who will run for a $40,000 claiming price, drew the rail against eight rivals.

"His moment of glory was that El Camino," said Arterburn, who watched Remember Sheikh rally from well off the pace in scoring a $31.60 upset. "That was like a Cinderella moment."

Remember Sheikh has run only seven times in the two years since winning the El Camino. Sunday's start will be the first since a sixth-place finish at Delaware last May 1.

"It's a new day, a new horse," said Arterburn, who added that Remember Sheikh has been gelded.

Remember Sheikh tied up badly after winning the El Camino and was off for six months before returning in the Half Moon Bay Stakes on the turf. He pressed the pace and faded. He ran in the Indiana Derby at Hoosier Park one month later and again faded after pressing the pace.

In November, he reverted to his come-from-behind style and ran strong third against older in the Forty Niner Handicap at Golden Gate Fields.

He was winless in four starts in 2001, including a sixth-place finish against Tiznow in the San Fernando Breeders' Cup Handicap, a Grade 2 at Santa Anita.

Arterburn is hoping for a good race Sunday. He has put a series of good drills into Remember Sheikh.

"I take pride in the way I train a horse up to a race," he said. "He was a closer who made a big move. I'd like to see him relax and make the same closing move."

Two head El Camino

Danthebluegrassman and Cappuchino, who finished a nose apart in the Golden Gate Derby on Jan. 12, head the field for the El Camino Real Derby, which will be run next Saturday.

Owner Mike Pegram indicated after winning the Golden Gate Derby that it was likely Danthebluegrassman would run in the El Camino. He had earlier won the Gold Rush Stakes in his first start at Golden Gate Fields. Indications now are that trainer Bob Baffert may prefer to keep Danthebluegrassman at Santa Anita for the San Felipe the following weekend.

Cappuchino followed his Golden Gate Derby effort with a victory in the Golden State Mile on Feb. 10.

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