12/19/2007 12:00AM

Hollendorfer alive with five

EmailALBANY, Calif. - Jerry Hollendorfer is on the brink of another training milestone, sitting two wins shy of 5,000 for his career. He is the fourth-winningest trainer of all time, trailing Dale Baird (9,445), Jack Van Berg (6,378), and King Leatherbury (6,227) through Tuesday.

Hollendorfer will send out five runners Friday at Golden Gate Fields in search of the milestone victory, and each seems a legitimate contender.

In the second race, Sweet Addition will make his second start in a $40,000 starter allowance. He will be stretching out to a mile after running an even fourth sprinting last time. He must beat Alashir's Storm, who won a bottom-level maiden race at the distance by 10 lengths, and Count Coup and Overland, who also have won going one mile.

Young and Fresh, third in her turf debut when claimed for $20,000 two back by Hollendorfer, is entered in the third race, a $32,000 claimer for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on the turf. Included in the field is Mizzy Topper, who beat Young and Fresh by 4 1/4 lengths the day Hollendorfer claimed her.

Honour an M.D. will stretch out from a sprint for Hollendorfer in the fifth race, an $8,000 maiden claimer at a mile. He will be making his third start. Rivals Daniel's Tuxedo, The Joy of Six, and Quick Sky have each finished second around two turns.

Tail Spin Topper, yet another Hollendorfer runner stretching out, will try her luck at one mile in a $40,000 starter allowance for 2-year-old fillies in the seventh race. She will meet Green Lite Honey, who has never been worse than second in four career starts and just ran second at the distance on the turf.

Very Persuasive, coming off a solid three-length maiden victory on Nov. 24, will race against winners for the first time in the eighth race, a $6,250 second-level sprint at six furlongs that appears wide open.

Hollendorfer has only one entrant Saturday: Alottadar, who will bring a two-race win streak on turf into a $25,000 claimer at one mile on the main track.

Hollendorfer had only 1 winner from 14 starters last week, but he picked up another winner when Katherine R. N. was moved up to first following the disqualification of El Sierra Tahoe as a result of a medication ruling.

El Gato Malo looking golden

There's still a question about how good the 2-year-old El Gato Malo may become, but he won plenty of believers with his 4 1/4-length victory in Saturday's $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes here. El Gato Malo, an impressive winner of his debut, stalked the pace and rallied along the inside.

The No. 1 question after two straight wins is, Who has he beaten? But there is no denying that he has done everything he has been asked to do, and looked good doing it.

El Gato Malo is trained by Craig Dollase and was ridden by Patrick Valenzuela, who said after the Gold Rush that he liked the gelding's willingness to relax.

"He took hold of the bit, but he was willing" to rate, Valenzuela said.

Dollase admitted flirting with the idea of running in this Saturday's Grade 1 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park, but decided on a more cautious route. Dollase said he is thinking Kentucky Derby with El Gato Malo and wants to run him again in mid-January. He said he was considering the $150,000 California Derby here on Jan. 27.

Two other highly regarded 2-year-olds met here on Sunday, when Searchforthetruth defeated first-timer Capture the Call by a half-length.

Trainer Greg Gilchrist said he would be looking for an allowance race for Searchforthetruth, probably around two turns.

Russell Baze, who rode Capture the Call, said trainer Terry Knight told him after the race that the colt had done everything so easily in works that he might not have had him fit enough. Like El Gato Malo, Capture the Call made an inside move into the stretch on a surface that has played a bit kinder to those moving wide.

* The stewards here suspended jockey Carlos Silva for three days (Dec. 26, 28, and 29) for failure to maintain a straight course out of the starting gate aboard Acquire the Fire in the seventh race on Dec. 12. Acquire the Fire's victory in the race was allowed to stand. Apprentice jockey Jose Martinez-Campos was suspended five days (Dec. 26 and 28-31) for causing interference in the stretch with Thundering Justice in the fourth race on Dec. 15. Thundering Justice was disqualified from second to third.

* One Sharp Mensch scored two maiden victories last week. He won a maiden race Wednesday, and on Thursday was promoted to first in a Sept. 26 maiden race when the winner, Yodelay You're Who, was disqualified for a medication violation.

* Patricia Banales finished first, James Corr second, and Edwin Perez third in Golden Gate Fields's final handicapping tournament of the meet to win spots in the Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship in Las Vegas next month.