11/20/2003 1:00AM

Hollendorfer has standout in Piedmont


ALBANY, Calif. - Five 2-year-old fillies will each seek her initial stakes victory Saturday in the $60,000-added Piedmont Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

Most eyes will be on undefeated Wildwood Flower, a half-sister to stakes winner Eye of the Tiger who is seeking her third straight victory.

Stakes-placed Hot Weekend, making her second start in six days after running third behind Victory U. S. A. in Sunday's Moccasin Stakes at Hollywood Park, and Intuitional, who won a $32,000 claimer after finishing third in the Bustles and Bows at Fairplex, are the only runners in the field with stakes experience.

Wildwood Flower seems the one to beat, though. She defeated stablemate Heavenly Humor when both made their debut on Sept. 27 and beat Siberian Shamrock, who was disqualified from second to sixth, when they met on Oct. 30.

Wildwood Flower, a John Gunther homebred, won her debut going wire to wire. In her second start, she sat behind Siberian Shamrock and Striking Cobra before pulling away to win by three lengths.

"I liked that race better than her debut because she was caught behind horses down inside," trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said. "She ran with dirt hitting her in the face and made her move without hesitation."

The victory seems all the more impressive because it was the only race in the first three days of racing that week in which the winner did not have the lead at the eighth pole.

Wildwood Flower will likely stalk again Saturday.

Siberian Shamrock, who rallied from well off the pace to win her debut, showed good early speed in her start against Wildwood Flower.

Heavenly Humor graduated with a wire-to-wire victory in her second start.

Hot Weekend, third against colts in the San Mateo Stakes at Bay Meadows, second in the Anoakia at Santa Anita, and third in the Moccasin in her past three starts, seems the quickest in the field.

But Wildwood Flower seems the best, and Hollendorfer believes she will be a stakes filly.

"We're looking long-term" with Wildwood Flower, said Hollendorfer, who considered the Moccasin but decided to move slowly with the filly, as he did with her half-brother Eye of the Tiger.

Eye of the Tiger, who finished fifth in this year's Kentucky Derby, won the Grade 3 Affirmed at Hollywood Park, was second in the Grade 2 Lexington at Keeneland, and third in the Grade 2 Swaps at Hollywood Park this year. Unraced since the King's Bishop at Saratoga, he had his second workout Wednesday, a 48.20 half-mile, following a brief freshener. He won both his starts, including his debut, at Golden Gate Fields.