01/12/2006 12:00AM

Baton passed to Holy Cat in stakes streak


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will saddle likely favorite Halo Cat as Hollendorfer seeks to extend his winning streak in northern California stakes races in Saturday's $60,000-added San Carlos Handicap at Bay Meadows.

Hollendorfer has won the last seven stakes run in northern California, dating back to Nov. 25. He has won the last 11 northern California stakes in which he has had a starter, dating back to Oct. 15.

Halo Cat has four rivals in the six-furlong San Carlos and is perfectly drawn with the outside post 5 as Hollendorfer tries to continue his amazing run.

A $2 win parlay on Hollendorfer's 11 winners would have netted more than $1 million.

"That doesn't mean that much to me," Hollendorfer said. "I just try to prepare my horses the best I can for each race."

, who drew the rail, comes off a wire-to-wire win, but in his previous start, he lost by two lengths to Halo Cat.

The 8-year-old Halo Cat has 14 career victories in 35 starts and earnings of $470,230. His record at Bay Meadows is 2 wins, 3 seconds, and a third-place finish in 6 career starts. A winner of five stakes, he is looking for his first stakes victory at Bay Meadows. He has finished second three times in stakes, including to Lost in the Fog last fall.

If someone can beat Halo Cat, it might one of two stakes winners entered by Brain Koriner, Onebadshark or Court's in Session.

Onebadshark, who just won a $40,000 optional claimer, has been an "in-and-outer," in Koriner's words. He did beat Halo Cat here when he won the Big Jag on Oct. 3, 2004.

"When he starts to fire, he puts them together," Koriner said.

"He doesn't like to ship and run. You look at his past four races at Santa Anita and Del Mar, and they're the only bad ones," said Koriner, citing the Sam Whiting Stakes at Pleasanton as an exception.

"He's never run well in Southern California. He may be just a cut below the best, but up here he fits."

The injury-plagued , a $32,000 claim by Koriner on May 9, 2004, won the Grade 3 Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint after the claim and also won the Governor's Cup Handicap at Fairplex before suffering an injury in the Pacifica on the turf here on Oct. 31, 2004, and going to the sidelines for more than 13 months.

He faded to 11th in his comeback at Hollywood Park on Dec. 19, but Koriner was encouraged. Noting the quick fractions of that race, he noted that Court's in Session "was only a length off them through the opening half. That's not where he wants to be, but he was fresh."

While Carthage will go for the lead, Onebadshark and Halo Cat will be sitting fairly close. Thirsty Guy's has shown speed at times, although he may be in too tough here.

All five runners have enjoyed success over the Bay Meadows main track and are based here, but Halo Cat seems perfectly placed to continue Hollendorfer's remarkable streak.

Petition ruling faces review

The rejection by county officials of a petition seeking a referendum over the city council's approval of the redevelopment of Bay Meadows faces a possible review.

The petition, promoted by a group called Friends of Bay Meadows, fell 136 signatures short when county election officials counted the signatures in December.

The group is considering a legal challenge, claiming officials erroneously rejected signatures of voters who had failed to re-register after moving or were not registered voters when they signed the petition.

Hollendorfer's stakes streak

Jan. 7Bay MeadowsSoviet ProblemHeavenly Humor*$4.00
Jan. 1Bay MeadowsBay Meadows CotillionSecret Corsage*3.00
Dec. 26Bay MeadowsHoliday Turf HandicapTrickey Trevor*3.40
Dec. 10Golden GateLarkspurLoyalton27.00
Dec. 3Golden GateAngel IslandThrilling Victory6.20
Nov. 26Golden GateMill ValleyCause to Believe6.80
Nov. 25Golden GateForty-NinerTrickey Trevor*4.80
Oct. 30Golden GateMiss AmericaUninhibited Song+12.40
Oct. 23Golden GateAlbanyThrilling Victory34.20
Oct. 22Golden GateTanforanAdreamisborn*4.00
Oct. 15Bay MeadowsBay Meadows JuvenileCause to Believe*2.80

* favorite; + dead heat