03/13/2003 12:00AM

Five fillies have stakes on resume

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ALBANY, Calif. - Five stakes winners head the field of seven 3-year-old fillies for Saturday's $75,000-added California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields.

Lucky Sabre and Maddie's Charm have won one-mile stakes races at the meeting. Amber Hills won a stakes at the distance as a 2-year-old.

Tale of a Dream and Viansa Ossidiana, both stakes winners sprinting at Bay Meadows, are also entered. Tale of a Dream ran second to Maddie's Charm in the one-mile Corte Madera Stakes on Dec. 28 and second to Lucky Sabre in the one-mile Vallejo on Feb. 15.

Lucky Sabre, the 120-pound highweight, goes for her third straight win. She is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who is also a part owner.

She was seventh in her debut last summer at Arlington Park in a race that turned out to be one of the best maiden races of the year there. The winner, Souris, went on to capture a pair of $75,000 stakes, the Top Flight at Arlington and the Wishing Well at Delta Downs. Runner-up Caucus and third-place finisher Valiant Anna each came back to win their next start. Caucus then was fifth in the Grade 2 Alciabides at Keeneland.

"We didn't know it in the beginning, but as things unfolded, we realized how good the race was," Hollendorfer said.

Since coming back to the Bay Area, Lucky Sabre has posted three wins and lost by a head to Watch Out World in her other start.

"She's always done whatever we've asked her to do," Hollendorfer said.

Hollendorfer said his plan was always to stretch her out, and she has won both her starts around two turns.

With Russell Baze serving the final day of a three-day suspension, Lucky Sabre will be ridden by Ron Warren Jr. for the first time.

Maddie's Charm is another who has thrived going two turns. Trained by Jeff Bonde, she graduated in a one-mile turf race and won the Corte Madera in her next start. She ran fifth in the Grade 1 Las Virgenes at Santa Anita behind Composure in her last start.

"She had a wide trip the whole way," Bonde said. "The fractions were moderate, and when she was put in a drive, she had nothing left. She should fit with these."

Trainer Ed Moger Jr. is confident Amber Hills will show improvement off an eighth-place finish in the six-furlong Boo La Boo on Feb. 15 at Santa Anita.

"I think she could have run a lot better, but she had an outside post on a drying-out track," he said. "She's been training real good."

* The Grade 3, $150,000 Golden Gate Breeders' Cup Handicap on Sunday may have a field of only three local horses.

Ninebanks, Surprise Halo, and Capt. Fly Hook are scheduled to run, but Southern California-based trainers are shying away from the race because of predicted heavy weekend rains.

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