Updated on 09/17/2011 2:02PM

Adreamisborn notches first stakes win


PLEASANTON, Calif. - Adreamisborn ($3.20), part of a heavily favored Jerry Hollendorfer-trained entry defied a track speed bias to win the $50,680 at the Alameda County Fair on Sunday.

Adreamisborn was seventh early in the field of eight older runners before rallying along the rail on the second turn. He gained position in the lane and angled out between defending champion Surprise Halo, who took the lead in the lane, and entrymate Gold Ruckus and finished strong to win the 1 1/16-mile race in 1:40.14.

"I didn't know if he'd run as well on the dirt as he has been on the turf," Hollendorfer said. "He had to come from off the pace, which was tough today, but when he got out in the lane, I knew he had a chance."

Russell Baze, originally scheduled to ride Gold Ruckus, said he asked to ride Adreamisborn.

"I still don't feel like he's run his best race yet," Baze said of the 5-year-old John Franks homebred who didn't break his maiden until Feb. 26 of this year but has won three of six starts since.

"I was back farther than I wanted to be, but it might have worked out because he wasn't getting dirt in his face."

Surprise Halo stalked a third Hollendorfer entrant, Cappuchino, early, putting pressure on him around the second turn before the quarter pole. He took the lead in the lane but couldn't hold off Adreamisborn, who won by one length. He was 1 1/4 lengths in front of Gold Ruckus with Cappuchino running fourth.

Adreamisborn, second in his stakes debut in the Foster City on the turf in his last start, earned $27,585 to lift his career earnings to $128,180 with four wins in 15 starts.