07/08/2011 2:24PM

Hollendorfer may soon be ready to give City Route a shot in Southern California


With two stakes wins and a perfect record after three starts, City Route has become the star 2-year-old in Northern California this summer, a circuit she may be close to outgrowing.

On July 2, City Route won the Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes at the Alameda County Fair in Pleasanton by four lengths, leading throughout. She is expected to start in the $50,000 Wine Country Debutante at the Sonoma County Fair in Santa Rosa on Aug. 6. “Then, I’d consider taking her to Southern California,” said trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who bred and co-owns the filly.

That could result in a start in the $100,000 Generous Portion Stakes for 2-year-old statebred fillies at Del Mar on Aug. 31.

For Hollendorfer, the more City Route accomplishes, the greater the benefit, not only in purse earnings and breeder awards, but in the knowledge that the filly’s value is increasing.

Hollendorfer, and his partners no longer own City Route’s mare, Mood Route.

“We did sell the dam,” he said.

City Route is the product of a mating of a stallion and mare – Globalize and Mood Route – who were trained by Hollendorfer. Globalize, 14, was a multiple stakes winner, including a win in the Grade 2 Turfway Spiral Stakes in 2000. He stands at Victory Rose Thoroughbreds in Vacaville, Calif.

Mood Route, 9, won 4 of 10 starts and $104,960 in a two-year career.

Mood Route has changed ownership several times in her life. She was bred in California by Robert Wright, who initially raced her before losing her via claim to trainer Bob Hess Jr. Mood Route made one start for Hess before she was acquired by Hollendorfer, who kept her for the rest of her racing career and raced her with partners George Todaro and Erik Amlie.

City Route is Mood Route’s first foal and was bred by Hollendorfer, his wife, Janet, George Todaro, and Amlie.

Mood Route is currently owned by Jerry Martin of Folsom, Calif. The mare is at Victory Rose Thoroughbreds. She produced a colt by Behrens earlier this year and has been bred to Many Rivers, who stands at Victory Rose.

In her brief career, City Route has yet to be challenged. She won her debut at Golden Gate Fields by 5 1/2 lengths in a maiden race over 4 1/2 furlongs on May 19, and returned to win the Lost in the Fog Stakes over five furlongs against males by 2 1/4 lengths on June 11.

“So far, she’s stepped up and done what we’ve asked her to do,” Hollendorfer said.”She beat the colts when that was the only race available.

“I thought the race on the dirt [at Pleasanton] was fairly impressive. She seemed like she was well in hand and won quite easily.”

Owner-breeder Pete Cristofi dies

Funeral service will be held on Monday for Pete Cristofi, an owner-breeder who campaigned Star Nicholas, a two-time stakes winner.

Cristofi died on July 5 of heart failure, according to a statement released on Thursday by Hollywood Park. He was 74.

Cristofi raced as King Max Farms and campaigned horses in Southern California. For Cristofi and partners, Star Nicholas won the 2008 On Trust Handicap at Hollywood Park and the 2009 Windy Sands Handicap at Del Mar. In the fall of 2009, Star Nicholas was third in the California Cup Classic. Star Nicholas continues to race, but was claimed away from Cristofi and partners earlier this year.

Cristofi was also an early supporter of the stallion Unusual Heat, who has led the state in progeny earnings for the last three years.

The funeral will be held at noon Monday at Live Oak Memorial Park in Duarte, Calif.