03/16/2006 12:00AM

Either surface fine for Hollendorfer entry


ALBANY, Calif. - Interspersed between bottom-level races are three interesting matchups on Saturday's Golden Gate Fields card.

The nominal feature is a $50,000 optional claimer for fillies and mares listed at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Wet weather, however, has kept races off the turf lately so handicappers must prepare for the possibility of a surface switch to the main track.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer's entry of Lady Champagne and Sky Dreams comes in with both runners looking for repeat victories.

, who went on an eastern sojourn after being claimed last June, returned to Golden Gate and won a first-level allowance race on the main track by nine lengths on Feb. 25.

, claimed Jan. 16 at Santa Anita, won her first start for Hollendorfer in a first-level allowance race on the turf, also on Feb. 25. Lady's Champagne is comfortable on both surfaces, while Sky Dreams's main-track victory was her first on the dirt.

The most intriguing race on the card is a first-level allowance at six furlongs for fillies and mares.

South African-bred Come to Light makes her U.S. debut for Hollendorfer. She was second in a Group 3 race in her final start in her native land last Aug. 13. She has worked decently for her debut, but her form in South Africa hints she may not have the type of early speed needed in this country.

Come to Light will be ridden by Russell Baze, who moves over from Shytrando, 2 for 2 under him and stepping up off a game starter-allowance victory.

Celtic Way will offer the best value in the race after finishing second here after winning two in a row at Santa Anita.

Golden Gate's contribution to the Magna 5 is a six-furlong maiden race for 3-year-old fillies.

Miss Bordeaux adds blinkers and will try to make amends for a second-place finish at 2-5 in her last start.

Dixie Chic comes north for her first start of 2006, and ran her best race in her career debut.

Revealing broke very slowly in her debut but got the lead in the lane before being edged late. She moves up from a $22,500 claiming price in her bow.

Ho transferred to begin rehab

Jockey Sunny Ho has been transferred from Highland Hospital in Oakland to the California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco to begin neurological rehabilitation.

Ho sustained a serious brain injury in a Feb. 23 spill at Golden Gate, and underwent surgery that night.

Contributions for Ho and his family can be made to the Sunny Ho Fund c/o Paymaster's Office, Golden Gate Fields, 1100 Eastshore Highway, Berkeley, CA, 94710.