02/12/2007 12:00AM

Familiar faces top Golden Gate meet


The 31-day Golden Gate Fields winter meeting ended Sunday with a familiar double of trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and jockey Russell Baze.

Hollendorfer and Baze led their respective categories with 44 victories apiece. For each, it was the 30th career championship at Golden Gate Fields. All 30 of Hollendorfer's have come successively.

Jockey Joe Rosario, who arrived in northern California in November, finished second with 30 victories. Kyle Kaenel, Jason Lumpkins, and Chad Schvaneveldt finished in a three-way tie for third with 24 wins each.

Art Sherman was second with 22 wins and Steve Miyadi third with 17 in the trainer standings.

Attendance averaged 2,478 per day, boosted by the track's largest single-day attendance since Presidents Day of 2001 when 6,910 fans took advantage of the Dollar Day promotion on opening weekend.

'Embarrassment of wealth'

Hollendorfer is loaded with talented 3-year-olds. Bwana Bull won the California Derby, and Eastlake Avenue and Glorification ran one-two in Saturday's California Oaks with the next runner another 19 back.

Perhaps the difference was Eastlake Avenue's previous two-turn experience, but Hollendorfer's best 3-year-old filly may not have run in the race.

On Friday, Mattie Camp returned from an eight-month layoff to improve her record to 2 for 2 with an impressive win over Smokin Danielle.

"If I can keep her on the right path, she has a very good future," said Hollendorfer, who scratched a third runner, stakes-placed Storming Starlet, from Saturday's Oaks.

Baze, who was scheduled to ride Storming Starlet, said Hollendorfer has "an embarrassment of wealth" with his 3-year-olds.

"If Mattie Camp improves off that race, she'll be very tough," Baze said. "That was pretty impressive, being off as long as she was and then running on an off track.

"She got dirt in her face and kept going. I like a horse that doesn't mind dirt in her face."

Feature looks to have solid pace

Seven solid runners meet in Bay Meadows' opening-day feature, a $40,000 claimer at one mile.

Included in the field is Motel Staff, who has a three-race win streak on the line as he makes his 10-year-old debut. The old-timer won his final three starts on the turf last year for trainer Cliff DeLima.

There is plenty of pace in the race, which might set things up for Attack Force, the runner-up in his past three starts.

Motel Staff; Franklin Tower, who has won two straight on dirt; and Me My Mine, a multiple stakes winner last year, might prefer turf. While there are no turf races in Bay Meadows' first condition book, turf extras may be written, depending on the weather.

Earlier on the card in a $12,500 maiden claimer for 3-year-olds, 5 of the 11 entrants are related to stakes winners.

Four riders suspended

Four jockeys will be sidelined for three days early in the Bay Meadows meet.

Javier Matias was suspended Thursday, Friday, and Saturday; Angel Felix and Macario Rodriquez will be out Saturday, Sunday, and Monday; and Lumpkins will sit Sunday, Monday, and Thursday.

Matias got his days for causing interference in the stretch aboard Brainstorm in the fourth race Feb. 4. Felix's infraction was for failure to ride American Memories out to the finish line in the eighth race Feb. 9.

Rodriquez, who had four wins on closing day at Golden Gate Fields on Sunday, was suspended for causing interference after leaving the starting gate aboard Jazzy Event in the third race Feb. 9. Lumpkins, who rode a great race despite finishing second aboard Glorification in Saturday's California Oaks, got days for allowing his filly to drift out in the lane and bothering stablemate and eventual winner Eastlake Avenue.

In other actions, newly arrived apprentice David M. Lopez was granted an extension of his apprentice allowance through May 6, a total of 93 days.

Trainer Antonio Rodriquez Soto was fined $3,000 and placed on probation for one year, until Feb. 9, 2008, after his horse Trinni, who finished eighth in the seventh race at the Bay Meadows Fair last Aug. 9, tested above the permitted level for total carbon dioxide.

Assistant trainer Michael F. Trujillo was suspended 180 days, from Feb. 12 to Aug. 10, for violating terms of a previous suspension. He has been placed on probation through Oct. 31, 2011, and must submit proof of completing a 90-day in-house rehabilitation program, sign a one-year contract with the Winners Foundation, and sign a testing agreement with the California Horse Racing Board. Any violation of the terms of probation would result in Trujillo losing his license.