10/12/2005 11:00PM

Fast closer should like stretchout


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has been looking forward to Saturday for some time.

It's the day that his talented 2-year-old Cause to Believe, a $30,000 bargain purchase at an Ocala, Fla., sale in March, tries two turns for the first time, when he takes on six rivals in the $65,000-added Bay Meadows Juvenile at a mile.

As Hollendorfer said, "We've waited to stretch him out."

Although he led wire-to-wire in his maiden victory, Cause to Believe has shown tremendous ability to finish in his last two starts, a second in the Malcolm Anderson on June 18 at Golden Gate Fields and a victory at 2-5 in the Cavonnier Juvenile on Aug. 7 at Santa Rosa.

In both races, he appeared hopelessly beaten on the turn before unleashing a powerful closing kick. He made up more than six lengths in the final furlong in the Malcolm Anderson, running a sub-12-second final eighth of a mile

In the Cavonnier, he also made up six lengths in the final furlong, running a final sixteenth of a mile in 5.70 seconds. His rally began after he seemed to be fading out of the race on the turn.

"I thought he was falling out of it, but at the head of the lane I could tell he had a chance - and by the sixteenth [pole], I thought he would win," Hollendorfer said after the race.

Of course, Hollendorfer has seen plenty of late-running sprinters wilt when going two turns, but he is confident that Cause to Believe is ready to run a big race.

The colt has worked steadily since his stakes victory, which improved his career record to 2 wins and 2 seconds in 4 starts. Included in his works are strong one-mile efforts in 1:43.20 and 1:40.40.

is meeting several proven performers at the distance.

finished only a head behind Awesome Jared in their last start, a $40,000 starter allowance at a mile.

Awesome Jared appears the main competition to Cause to Believe, given his two solid efforts at the distance and his ability to finish.

Hollendorfer said he is not looking beyond Saturday's race for Cause to Believe.

"There are plenty of races for 3-year-olds," he said, adding he would map plans after seeing how Cause to Believe does Saturday.

Russell Baze, who rode both Two Trails and Cause to Believe in the last start for each, will ride Cause to Believe.