09/29/2003 11:00PM

Hazen, 'No Peso' will stalk


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Five older fillies and mares running 1 1/16 miles on the turf for a $32,000 claiming tag will meet in Thursday's Bay Meadows feature.

Claiming races are a double-edged sword for trainers, who place horses where they can win - but also where they may be attractive to rival trainers to claim.

Chuck Jenda, who trains Hazen, and Jerry Hollendor-fer, who trains No Peso No Dance, are loath to talk about their runners, who appear to be the ones to beat in the race.

Hazen has won 4 of 12 starts this year, including two of her past three. She won for this tag three back at Hollywood Park but did little after breaking slowly against better at Del Mar in her next start.

Shipped to Bay Meadows, Hazen won a $25,000 claimer as the 8-5 favorite with a perfect stalking trip on Sept. 7. The fact that Jenda is bringing her back for $32,000 seems to indicate she is in good form.

Hollendorfer claimed No Peso No Dance for $6,250 in February. She had three victories and a second in her four starts before moving to his barn.

She won once for $12,500 and then took two straight here for a $25,000 tag before running fifth against allowance company. With no summer turf racing, No Peso No Dance was given 2 1/2 months off, then ran a troubled third in an allowance race on opening day of the current meet. The winner of that race, Ilha Grande, won a stakes in her subsequent start.

Both No Peso No Dance, who drew the rail, and Hazen, who drew post 4, will stalk. Perfect Plan is the likely pacesetter, with Satin Dolly to keep her honest.

Should No Peso No Dance win, it could be the start of a Hollendorfer triple. He will stretch 2-year-old maiden filly Crozet out to a mile in the next race, a straight maiden event. Crozet did not do much running down the backstretch and around the turn in her debut at 5 1/2 furlongs, but she made up more than five lengths in the stretch.

Constant Thunder, a 4-year-old filly with strong works, makes her debut in the next race, an open maiden race at six furlongs. Her seven rivals are all 3-year-olds.

Leading jockey Russell Baze will ride all three fillies for Hollendorfer.