05/02/2004 11:00PM

Christmas Time wins Woodside Handicap


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Christmas Time ($9.20) scored her second straight stakes victory, defeating favored Stormica by 1_ (one one-quarter) lengths to win the $56,738 Woodside Handicap at Bay Meadows on Sunday.

Christmas Time covered six furlongs in 1:09.43 after breaking sharply and stalking Channing Way to the stretch when she took over. Stormica was a nose in front of Coconut Girl who was a nose in front of Channing Way.

"We've always had a lot of confidence in this filly, and I think she proved it today," winning trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said. "I figured they would have a tough time beating her because she ran close to Ema Bovary (when second in the Jan. 24 Orinda Handicap at Golden Gate Fields), and she's nearly unbeatable now. I told Russell (Baze, her jockey) to keep her close and in the clear, and he did just that."

Christmas Times has now won three stakes among her six victories. She earned $30,750 to lift her career earnings to $207,053 in 15 starts.

Jockey Caesar Bisono injured in spill

Jockey Caesar Bisono will be sidelined four to six weeks with an undisplaced fracture of the right wrist and broken right fibula suffered when his mount, Convey To Me, broke down at the quarter pole in a five-furlong turf race Saturday at Bay Meadows.