11/23/2004 12:00AM

Hollendorfer expects duo to rebound


ALBANY, Calif. - On paper, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is holding all the aces for Friday's $75,000-added Forty-Niner Handicap, in which he will send out highweights Adreamisborn (119) and Yougottawanna (118).

A 5-year-old, Yougottawanna has been a star since his 2-year-old year, when he beat Officer in the Cal Cup Juvenile.

Adreamisborn, also 5, didn't win his maiden until this year, in his ninth career start, but he has since hit the board in seven of his eight starts, winning four, including the Grade 3 Longacres Mile on Aug. 22.

Both horses are coming off poor efforts, but Hollendorfer said he expects them to rebound Friday in the Forty-Niner, a 1 1/16-mile race.

Yougottawanna threw in an uncharacteristically bad race Oct. 16, when he was eased and finished eighth in the Cal Cup Classic at Santa Anita.

Adreamisborn was fifth in the Grade 2 Kentucky Cup Classic to Roses in May, whose only loss this year was a second to Ghostzapper in the Breeders' Cup Classic.

Hollendorfer said he accepts the blame for the Kentucky loss.

"We had planned to go and were hoping Roses in May would go another direction," he said. "One thing the race told is I picked the wrong spot. I shouldn't have plans so set in stone."

Adreamisborn has had a remarkable year for a runner who was a maiden when 2004 started, but Hollendorfer said whatever pride he might feel in Adreamisborn's development is secondary to the task at hand Friday.

"You try to forget what happened in the past and concentrate on what's going on now," he said.

Dixieland Heater seeks first win of year

One year and two days ago, Hollendorfer claimed Dixieland Heater for $40,000. A gelding by Dixieland Heat, Dixieland Heater won an allowance race in his first start for Hollendorfer and was fifth behind Skipaslew in the Grade 3 Golden Gate Derby.

Dixieland Heater is winless this year and hasn't raced since finishing fourth in a $50,000 optional claimer May 6. He returns for a tag for the first time since Hollendorfer claimed him when he runs in Thursday's feature, a $25,000 claimer at six furlongs.

Dixieland Heater is not the only comebacker who figures to be a contender in the race. El Tirador makes his first start since Sept. 18, 2003.

El Tirador won his debut for $12,500 and won his second start in that Sept. 18 race for $16,000 before heading to the sidelines. He meets much tougher here but has a series of strong drills, earning bullets in four of his past five works. He draws the rail as he did in his first two career starts.

The favorite will probably be Brother Roy, who won his maiden at Santa Anita for a $50,000 tag two starts back. Brother Roy then ran at this level in his first try against winners, finishing third to Ceez the Minute, who was voted the 3-year-old of the meeting at Bay Meadows. Brother Roy was bumped at the break and found himself farther off the pace than usual that day, but he should be sitting close early in Thursday's race.