06/11/2004 11:00PM

Crozet's burst beats Kurlicue in stretch


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Crozet ($6), a half-sister to local multiple stakes winner Lindsay Jean, sat back early and made an explosive move in the stretch to win the $79,950 Bay Meadows Oaks on Saturday.

Crozet sat comfortably behind the fast fractions of favored Kurlicue in the 1 1/16-mile turf race. She was fourth early, began to move up on the second turn, and had clear sailing when she shifted three wide.

She had no trouble roaring past Kurlicue in the stretch, winning by 4 1/2 lengths in 1:43.83. Kurlicue, who ran the opening half in 46.21 seconds, was 4 1/2 lengths in front of Lost Bride for second.

Winning trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who has won six of the 11 stakes offered so far at the meet, said the fact Crozet was a half-sister to Lindsay Jean was one reason he purchased her for $52,000 in Kentucky as a yearling.

Hollendorfer said that Lindsay Jean's trainer, Art Sherman, told him it took her a long time to develop.

"Crozet may be developing earlier," Hollendorfer said. "She's really starting to grow."

Co-owner Dr. George Todaro said that Crozet, who has scored all three of her career victories on the turf, would remain on the grass for the foreseeable future.

The victory was worth $46,200, which lifted Crozet's career earnings to $100,888 and gave her three wins in 10 starts.