08/06/2005 12:00AM

Adreamisborn easy winner in Grace Handicap


SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Adreamisborn ($4.40), benefiting when even-money favorite A to the Z stumbled and lost his rider at the start, proved superior in the stretch as he captured the $98,000 Joseph T. Grace Handicap at the Sonoma County Fair on Saturday.

Not only did the mishap leaving the gate eliminate Adreamisborn's primary competition, but it also compromised the chances of runner-up Charbonnier, who tried to go after the loose horse while on the lead instead of relaxing.

"It was unfortunate that other horse stumbled, but this is a nice horse," trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's assistant Art Calva said. "The way he usually runs is to stalk and come off the pace. This was the same-old, same-old."

Adreamisborn was last through the first three quarters of the 1 1/16-mile turf race. He began to roll around the second turn and was second into the stretch. He quickly went past a tiring Charbonnier to win by 3 1/2 lengths in a course record 1:41.32. Kilgowan was third, another one-half length back and eight in front of Marcutio in the field of five.

"He came right into my horse," winning rider Russell Baze said of A to the Z. "I tried to use my elbow to keep him off us."

Baze said Adreamisborn was "lackadaisical" early in the race and that he had to get into him more than usual before he unleashed his strong finishing move.

Adreamisborn earned $55,100 to lift his career earnings to $501,530 with eight victories in 25 starts.

Earlier Saturday, Baze worked undefeated Lost in the Fog five furlongs in 57.81 seconds between the fifth and sixth race.

Trainer Greg Gilchrist discovered a slight quarter crack in his star's left hind hoof earlier in the week and had the crack patched Thursday. The colt wore a bar shoe for the work, which was properly listed as breezing by clocker Melody Truitt.

"If Gilly hadn't told me, I wouldn't have known," Baze said. "I didn't feel anything.

"Greg said to let him work a bit, and when you do, he goes fast. He was rolling along good. When he began to get bored, I chirped and touched him with the toe of my boot, and he picked it right up again."

Gilchrist was pleased with the work that did have the colt breathing a bit hard just as he wanted.

"It's very deceiving to watch him work," Gilchrist said. "If you don't have a watch, you'd think he was just galloping."

One race before Adreamisborn's course-record victory in the Grace, Baze, Gilchrist and Lost in the Fog's owner Harry Aleo saw 2-year-old Frisco Star, a $175,000 April Ocala purchase, break the track record of 1:02.20 for 5 1/2 furlongs, winning his debut by 8 1/2 lengths in 1:01.65.