05/06/2007 11:00PM

Double Action caps off barn's big weekend

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ALBANY, Calif. - Although Bwana Bull finished 16th in the Kentucky Derby, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer came home from Kentucky with a Grade 1 victory by Hystericalady, not to mention two new silk ties. He arrived at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday just in time to watch Double Action notch his first stakes victory in the Golden Bear Stakes for 3-year-olds.

Double Action sat third behind Direct Exposure and the stakes winner Super Image. He was sitting just where Hollendorfer and jockey Russell Baze expected, although Hollendorfer had hoped that Super Image would be able to put more pressure on Direct Exposure.

It didn't matter.

Double Action swung three wide leaving the quarter pole and roared past the two front-runners.

"When I asked him, he responded well," Baze said. "He ran a good race with the exception of not switching leads down the lane."

Also Sunday, the Hollendorfer-trained 3-year-old filly Hot Spell improved her record to 2 for 2 with a rallying victory in a first-level allowance race at six furlongs.

Another Kris makes Baze feel better

While Hollendorfer was in Kentucky on Thursday, another of his 3-year-olds, Another Kris, defeated older stakes winner Wind Water in a $50,000 optional claimer.

"Now I don't feel so stupid for taking off Smokey Stover," said Baze, who rode Another Kris in the Sunshine Millions rather than Smokey Stover the same day.

The victory in the six-furlong race was Another Kris's third victory in four starts. His lone loss came in the Sunshine Millions Dash in his previous start Jan. 27 at Gulfstream. Baze's decision to ride Another Kris meant he could not accompany Smokey Stover to Santa Anita for the Sunshine Millions Sprint, which he won under Aaron Gryder. Gryder has had the call on Smokey Stover, the country's top-rated sprinter, ever since.

Wind Water also gave an impressive effort. A speedball who didn't break well, he found himself well behind pacesetting Colonel Courtney and Another Kris early. Wind Water has never run well from off the pace, but he made a strong run in the lane to cut into Another Kris's advantage. But, as the old saying goes, he wouldn't have passed him even if they had run around the track again.

Back in Kentucky, Hollendorfer's victory with Hystericalady gave him a win on the Derby undercard for the second year in a row. Last year, Trickey Trevor won the seven-furlong Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap. Hollendorfer said both Hystericalady and Bwana Bull came out of their races fine.

Full Moon Madness still winning at 12

Full Moon Madness, the 12-year-old Cal-bred millionaire, won his 19th race Sunday, capturing a $12,500 claimer by a head in a three-way photo over Power by Jules and Rae's Totts. His career record is 19-18-15 in 71 starts with earnings of $1,256,098.

Full Moon Madness, claimed for $16,000 at Santa Anita on Jan. 14, 2006, by Lamonte Isom, won a stakes last year. He has run twice this year, finishing fifth in a $20,000 claimer at five furlongs on the turf in his March 25 comeback.

"He's still hitting the ground fine," winning rider Chad Schvaneveldt said. "He knows what he's doing out there. Once he put his head in front, he did just enough to stay there."

Trainer Billy Morey said Isom has already looked at several retirement homes for the gelding, and the two will campaign Full Moon Madness carefully. But the old pro loves racing and being at the racetrack, Morey said, so they will keep him in training.

"It was neat winning this race," Morey said. "I felt it was almost like winning a stakes. I'm honored to be associated with him."

* Seventeen 3-year-old fillies were nominated to Saturday's $75,000 Golden Poppy at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Hollendorfer plans to enter Round Trip Flight, who just won the Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Oaks on the main track after winning her turf debut.

* Hollendorfer said it is likely that the iron mare Somethinaboutlaura will run in Sunday's Work the Crowd at 1 1/16 miles on the turf for Cal-bred fillies and mares. Somethinaboutlaura just won the B. Thoughtful at Gold Rush Day at Hollywood Park on April 29 on a disqualification. Nine other runners were nominated to the Work the Crowd.

* Jockeys Catalino Martinez and Jorge Ayarza were both handed three-day suspensions for causing interference in the stretch of races last weekend.