05/20/2008 11:00PM

Hollendorfer fillies sticking around


AUBURN, Wash. - Startjumpin Marnie and Private Dreams apparently enjoyed their visit to Emerald Downs so much that they have decided to extend their stay.

"We were supposed to leave on Wednesday, but now we're staying another two weeks," said groom Galen May, who has been caring for the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained fillies. "Jerry wants to run both of them once more over this track."

The 3-year-old Startjumpin Marnie and the 4-year-old Private Dreams arrived here from Hollendorfer's Northern California barn nearly three weeks ago with the goal of earning black type and enhancing their value as potential broodmares. Private Dreams achieved that goal with a powerhouse win in Sunday's $50,000 Hastings Park Handicap, but Startjumpin Marnie was upset at 3-10 a week earlier in the $50,000 U.S. Bank Stakes by Enumclaw Girl and two others.

"Startjumpin Marnie had a really tough trip and Jerry just felt she deserved another chance," May said. "She broke slow and then she was blocked most of the way. By the time she got going, it was too late. As for Private Dreams, it's clear to us now that she just needs to run on a dirt track."

Private Dreams was the only starter in Sunday's six-furlong Hastings Park Handicap who was not yet a stakes winner, and she was held at 12-1 until a last-minute influx of wagers lowered her price to 4-1 after the gate had sprung. By that time, she was 1 1/2 lengths clear en route to a quarter-mile in 22 seconds, and she lengthened her advantage at every pole to win by nearly six lengths over 39-1 shot Beaulena in a stakes record 1:08.60.

May couldn't claim that he saw that monster effort coming, but he wasn't all that surprised after Private Dreams had worked five furlongs in 1:00.20 a week earlier.

"After she worked so well over the track, I thought she might have a real good shot," he said. "It just seems like she really loves to run on dirt."

The Hastings Park was the second win from as many starts on dirt for Private Dreams, a daughter of Johannesburg who races for the partnership of William DeBurgh, Hollendorfer, and John Sikura. She will try dirt for the third time in the June 8 running of the $50,000 Washington State Legislators Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs.

Startjumpin Marnie, a daughter of Jump Start who races for Hollendorfer and George Todaro, will try to make amends for her U.S. Bank Stakes effort in the $60,000 Federal Way Handicap at 6 1/2 furlongs on May 31.

Wet, slow surface does in Shampoo

Perhaps the biggest disappointment in the Hastings Park was four-time stakes winner Shampoo, who never threatened en route to finishing sixth of eight at 2-1. At least she came out of the race none the worse for wear, according to trainer Doris Harwood.

"She's perfect," Harwood said at midweek. "I had her checked out thoroughly. I think she just didn't like the track, which was deep and slow and wet. It was a lot like the track for last year's Washington Oaks, which was her only other bad race."

Harwood's description of the racing surface might seem puzzling to those who didn't make it out to the track, because last weekend saw the warmest weather of the year in Seattle. The track was watered heavily, however, and many of the riders came back covered in mud. As for the times, most races were run more than a second slower than expected. That made the stakes record performance of Private Dreams all the more remarkable.

Gonsalves an official at Boise

Jockey Frank Gonsalves hasn't ridden at Emerald Downs since 2001, so perhaps one can be forgiven for not noting that he has retired. Don Gonsalves, the rider's father and the longtime barn foreman for trainer Tim McCanna, said Frank rode his last race last summer and is currently serving as the clerk of scales at Boise.

Fittingly, Gonsalves won with his last mount in a $6,500 handicap at Boise on Aug. 11 aboard Crazy Larrys. It was win No. 2,410 from 18,852 Thoroughbred mounts for Gonsalves, whose mounts earned more than $16 million.

Gonsalves, 50, was a regular at Longacres and was the first recipient of the Lindy Award, given each year in Washington to an exemplary rider. That was in 1985, the year Gonsalves posted six wins on a single race card, second only to Larry Pierce's Longacres record of seven wins on a program.

Gonsalves rode at Emerald for the first six years of the track's existence, winning the riding title in 1997 with 144 wins and finishing among the top five riders every year. He was the first rider to win 500 races at Emerald, and he remains second on the all-time list with 561 wins. He trails only Gallyn Mitchell, who has 979 wins at Emerald.

Portland Meadows contest

Portland Meadows revived its once wildly popular handicapping contests last Sunday. While the revival began in a relatively small way - only 20 entered - John Kozlowski of Vancouver, Wash., won in a big way. Kozlowski increased his $50 betting bankroll to $201.50, more than quadrupling his stake. He got to keep that bankroll as well as a $500 prize for winning the contest.