09/25/2001 11:00PM

Hollendorfer entry tepid choice and beatable


Friday night's featured seventh race, an allowance, has a full field of 11. The six-furlong dash is a first level allowance for a $32,000 purse.

There are many betting possibilities in the race with the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained entry of Mining for Fun and Swedish Sights a tepid choice. Mining for Fun won by a half-length in his only local appearance on Sept. 1 against a band of $32,000 starters. Swedish Sights disappointed last out in allowance company at Del Mar but raced strongly in his previous start finishing second at the seaside oval.

Also expected to attract some wagering support in Friday's headliner are De Witt, Aclare, and Elusion. De Witt gets the service of leading rider Russell Baze and comes off a series of strong races. He had a three-race winning streak stopped last out at Del Mar, but just barely. He missed by a head after three straight victories in Southern California.

Aclare was claimed last December by Dennis Patterson for the Car-Den Racing Stable for $12,500 and then laid off until returning here in August against allowance company. Aclare was prominent throughout that contest and wound up second behind Big Bad Al. He should improve off that effort.

Elusion also moves into Friday's feature off a strong second in allowance company. The Jeff Bonde-trained gelding closed well here on Sept. 14 to be second behind War Devil in a fast allowance contest. Elusion also finished second earlier this year at Vallejo but is looking for his first win of the year after 13 starts.

A couple of Emerald Downs invaders come into Friday's race off strong efforts and may surprise. Baby Wave, from the Tim McCanna barn, just missed on Sept. 3 at Emerald Downs while running for a $32,000 tag and has two wins already this year. Salish Basket, trained by Terry Gilihan, won his maiden impressively in May and has been training well for his return here.