07/02/2004 11:00PM

Gonetorule on roll of late

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PLEASANTON, Calif. - Jerry Hollendorfer was close to unbeatable in Bay Meadows stakes races this spring. He will try to continue his success on the summer fair circuit.

Hollendorfer trainees won seven of the 14 stakes run at Bay Meadows and ran one-two in four of those stakes.

In Monday's $50,000 Alameda County Fillies and Mares Handicap, at the Alameda County Fair, Hollendorfer sends out a powerful one-two combination of Gonetorule and Marwood, both of whom bring strong credentials into the 1 1/16-mile race.

Gonetorule, the 120-pound highweight, scored her first stakes victory in the Santa Clara Handicap at Bay Meadows in her last start.

A 4-year-old filly, she was purchased by Hollendorfer earlier this year from the estate of long-time client John Franks. Hollendorfer holds a special place in his heart for Gonetorule. Her victory April 15, in her first start for Hollendorfer, was the 4,000th win of his career.

"She had a good record," said Hollendorfer, explaining why he purchased her. Gonetorule, who had two wins in four starts before moving from Florida to California, has two wins and a second in three starts for Hollendorfer.

"She's kinda hitting her stride now," Hollendorfer said.

Marwood is looking for her initial stakes win after running second in her first two stakes tries, the Miss America and Grade 3 Yerba Buena, both of which were on the turf.

A 4-year-old filly, Marwood is also bred by Franks and races for his estate.

"She can run on both surfaces," Hollendorfer said of her return to the main track.

Hollendorfer says he holds Marwood in a special place, too, because of his respect for Franks.

"John Franks was pretty astute at breeding horses," Hollendorfer said. "He bred speed and endurance into them."

The race sets up well for Gonetorule and Marwood, who will race uncoupled.

Marty's Zee will set the pace, giving both of Hollendorfer's stalking fillies a target to chase, but Guidebook, who beat Gonetorule two back, will also be sitting just off the pace and should get first run.

Guidebook, claimed in January by trainer John Martin, won two straight at Bay Meadows before running last at 1-2 in her last start.

"Last time she was in easy, set the pace and caved in," said Martin. "She's worked well since then, and I think she runs a lot better if she can sit back early. She seems to run better if she's chasing someone."

Meet figures hold steady

Thanks to an increase in account wagering, the San Joaquin County Fair showed a very minor increase in on-track handle during its recent meet.

A total of $14,389,255 was bet live, showing no increase over last year's total. Account wagering was up 13 percent, with $1,879,455 wagered compared with $1,663,193 in 2003.