05/01/2002 12:00AM

Hollendorfer pair not a lock


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Friday night's feature race at Bay Meadows is typical of many races run in northern California: Handicappers must consider the Jerry Hollendorfer factor.

Friday's feature, a six-furlong allowance sprint for older fillies and mares, drew five entrants, including two trained by Hollendorfer.

Both Hollendorfer horses - Cassie Anne, who drew the rail, and Manhattan Now, who drew outside - are making their first starts of the year.

Cassie Anne has not run since July 13 at Arlington Park. Manhattan Now's last race was Sept. 8, also at Arlington. They meet Princessaconcuervo, Miz Kool, and Nice Fish.

Princessaconcuervo comes off a starter allowance victory here in her last start. Nice Fish, who held an early contested lead before fading as she went down Santa Anita's Hillside Turf Course in her last start, won her previous start on the dirt. Miz Kool won five straight before faltering in her past two starts.

The question is: Are either or both of Hollendorfer's fillies ready to fire their best shot in their debut?

Hollendorfer wins with a good

26 percent of runners returning from similar layoffs, although his flat-bet return is only $1.73 - in part because his horses are frequently overbet.

Both fillies return to the races with six works, including a bullet drill each. Manhattan Now's bullet came in her first work, a five-furlong drill in 59.40 seconds on April 3. Cassie Anne's bullet was a six-furlong work on April 24, clocked in 1:12.40.

Manhattan Now recorded an identical six-furlong clocking one day later. Both had their final works on April 30, Cassie Anne running six furlongs in 1:14.20 and Manhattan Now going four furlongs in 47.60.

Both look ready, and both should run well, but current racing condition could pay off for one of the other contenders.

The guess here is that Nice Fish, who won a $40,000 claimer at Santa Anita on March 8, will be first to the finish line.

Ten nominated to Woodside Handicap

Eight locally based female sprinters, plus graded stakes winner Go Go and Party Pirate from Southern California, have been nominated to Saturday's $55,000-added Woodside Handicap at six furlongs.

The race could feature the return of Slewsbox, who won all three of her starts last year, and all in stakes. She has won her past three starts at Bay Meadows, all in stakes races, too.

Stakes-winning Fertile and stakes-placed Bullish Miss, Carson Jen, Fancee Bargain, and I'm a Lil Princess were nominated, as well as Rosanda and The Lord's Tune.

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