04/05/2013 11:50AM

Golden Gate: Hollendorfer attacks Golden Poppy from four sides

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One of four Jerry Hollendorfer entrants in the Golden Poppy, Halo Dolly won the Miss America (above) the last time she ran on the Golden Gate turf.

There is strength in numbers, and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is taking full advantage of that in Sunday’s $50,000-added Golden Poppy at Golden Gate Fields. Hollendorfer is saddling four of the 11 runners in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares: Halo Dolly, Going for a Spin, Cathy’s Crunches, and Lady Aspen.

Three of Hollendorfer’s entrants are multiple stakes winners, headed by Halo Dolly, who has won seven stakes, including last summer’s Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon at Del Mar. A 5-year-old Popular mare, Halo Dolly has won three of her four starts over the turf course here, including the Miss America in October the last time she ran on it.

Going for a Spin has recorded three of her four stakes victories since Hollendorfer claimed her for $40,000 last May, including the Pennies from Heaven Starter Handicap on the turf at Santa Anita in January.

Cathy’s Crunches, who has four stakes wins, is winless on the turf but has hit the board in three turf stakes.

Lady Aspen is the only Hollendorfer entrant who has failed to earn black type, but she won her lone start over the local turf course. She has won 3 of her last 5 and comes off a fourth against males in an allowance here.

The Hollendorfer trainees drew the four outside posts in the field.

Halo Dolly, who is the reigning California-bred champion older female, can expect a stiff challenge in Sunday’s race from the 5-year-old Chilean-bred Vamo a Galupiar, who is trained by Neil Drysdale.

A Grade 1 winner in her native country of Chile, Vamo a Galupiar has two turf stakes wins since arriving in the United States in 2011, including the Grade 2 Santa Ana at Santa Anita last year.

In her only start of this year, she finished seventh, beaten four lengths, when she tried to defend her 2012 victory in the Megahertz at Santa Anita in January. Drysdale, a Hall of Famer, shows a flat-bet profit with horses coming off this kind of layoff.

The course may be a bit on the soft side following rain that moved races off the turf Thursday. Vamo a Galupiar has run well on soft courses.

Private Affair is a graded stakes winner on the turf in her native Peru who also has a turf stakes win at Santa Anita. Luscious Lonna, who drew the rail, has the speed to lead and has never finished off the board in three starts over the course.

Imperialistic Diva, Central Heat, Bellamine, and Skinny Genes round out the field.