10/28/2007 11:00PM

Different Cup experiences for Hollendorfer, Gilchrist

EmailSAN MATEO, Calif. - Trainers Jerry Hollendorfer and Greg Gilchrist had different kinds of disappointments at the Breeders' Cup.

The Hollendorfer-trained Hystericalady ran gamely but finished a close second in the Distaff, while the Gilchrist-trained Smokey Stover barely ran a step in the Sprint. Both runners came out of their races well and were scheduled to fly home to Northern California this week.

According to Hollendorfer, early plans are for Hystericalady to run again next year.

Hollendorfer said he was "thankful she was representative, but when you're in these races, you have to win them."

Hollendorfer noted that the winner, Ginger Punch, got through on the rail. But he added: "We don't have any excuse. Everything went about to our plan."

Hollendorfer said the sealed, sloppy track was tough for some horses but that Hystericalady "ran her race."

Hollendorfer saddled Bwana Bull and Double Action in undercard stakes Saturday, and neither ran well. Both finished fifth, with Bwana Bull coming in last as the 9-5 favorite in the Grade 3, $250,000 Pegasus and Double Action fifth in the $200,000 Select.

Gilchrist said that Smokey Stover, who finished ninth of 10 in the Sprint, didn't like the wet track.

Gilchrist, who like Hollendorfer was back at Bay Meadows saddling runners Sunday, said trainers must have short memories.

"I'm just thinking about this race," he said before Light Up the Lane, another in his deep band of 2-year-old fillies, won her maiden in Sunday's second race.

Gallon takes aim at Gold Rush

Gallon, runner-up in the Gottstein Futurity at Emerald Downs to fifth-place BC Juvenile Fillies finisher Smarty Deb, won his turf debut last Friday at Bay Meadows and is being pointed to the $75,000 Gold Rush at one mile at Golden Gate Fields on Dec. 15, trainer Kay Cooper said. She hopes to get a prep race for Gallon before then, possibly at Golden Gate or Hollywood Park.

"He loves the thrill of running," Cooper said. "He's willing to do more and more."

Gallon beat Many Rivers by 1 1/2 lengths in the 7 1/2-furlong optional claiming race despite being boxed in most of the way around the second turn and into the stretch.

"It wasn't too hard on him," Cooper said. "He only ran about a sixteenth of a mile. I don't know what we really learned about him other than he likes grass."

Stakes winners clash in sprint

Wednesday's card is topped by a $50,000 optional claimer for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

The stakes winner A.V. Flynn, scratched from a comeback race earlier in the meet, drew the outside post in a field of five. She will meet Butters, who won her maiden in the Sweepida at Stockton this summer, and Victory Script, who won seven straight at Emerald Downs before finishing last behind Somethinaboutlaura in the Luck Be a Lady Handicap here on Oct. 13.

A $40,000 optional claimer for 3-year-olds at one mile on the turf includes Cover Magic, who is coming off a $145.20 upset on Oct. 20.

* Trainer Sean McLaughlin, in a stipulated agreement with the California Horse Racing Board, is serving a 15-day suspension running through Nov. 1 after Feel the Music, ninth in the fourth race at Golden Gate Fields on Oct. 6, 2006, tested positive for albuterol, a bronchodilator. He was also fined $7,500, but the fine was stayed provided he has no other Class 1, 2 or 3 violations during a one-year probation.

* Fifteen runners were nominated for Saturday's $60,000 Seabiscuit Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Among the nominees are Dealer Choice, winner of the Luck o' the Irish Handicap here this spring; Macduff, third in both the Grade 3 Golden Gate Breeders' Cup Handicap and Grade 3 Bay Meadows BC Handicap; and Mulcahy, winner of three straight stakes at Emerald Downs.