06/17/2004 11:00PM

Hollendorfer has 3 for finale


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will be sorry to see the Bay Meadows spring meeting end Sunday, but he may still have a smile on his face at the end of the day.

He sends out Ninebanks, Boss Ego, and Adreamisborn in the closing-day feature, the $55,000-added Foster City Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Five other entrants have signed up to face the Hollendorfer trio.

"We've had a lot of fun here," said Hollendorfer. "But I'm also pleased to see others doing well, too. Art Sherman and John Martin have had good meets. You can have fun here. We all wish the purses were higher, but it's a good place to race."

Hollendorfer has been more dominant than ever this spring. He won his 28th straight Bay Meadows training title and his 4,000th career victory during the meet.

Sherman and Martin rank second and third in the trainer standings, but their combined totals heading into the final three days of the meeting didn't add up to Hollendorfer's.

Hollendorfer saddled 237 horses for 59 wins (25.3 percent), 50 seconds, and 34 thirds (60.3 percent on the board) while earning $1,305,538.

The combined totals for Sherman, second in the standings with 36 wins, and Martin, third with 22 wins, are 58 wins from 234 starts (24.8 percent), 35 seconds, 34 thirds (54.3 percent), and $932,571 in earnings.

Hollendorfer has won six of the 11 stakes he has entered. He was to send out two longshots in Saturday's Bay Meadows Breeders' Cup Sprint, and a victory in that race or in Sunday's Foster City, where Ninebanks looms a solid contender, would give him wins in half the stakes offered at the meeting.

Speedy Vallarta drew the rail for the Foster City and should be the one to catch. He beat Ninebanks in the Pacifica here last fall and scored a victory when he returned to the turf for his second start of the year in a Foster City prep.

Wixoe Express, winner of the Tanforan Handicap at Golden Gate Fields, also looms a contender, as does defending champ Handyman Bill, who defeated Ninebanks last year.

Ninebanks, the Cal-bred turf champion of 2003, should get a good trip and be much tighter than he was when fourth in the Grade 2 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Handicap.

"He ran a good race," Hollendorfer said. "I didn't have any choice but to run him there that day."

The blossoming Adreamisborn, winner of three of his past five starts, should be a factor as well. In his last out he was the third head in a photo behind Vallarta and Boss Ego.