Updated on 09/16/2011 8:10AM

Hollendorfer pair take on Our Mango


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Only one member of the cast for Thursday's feature at Bay Meadows comes off a race at this track.

Our Mango ran second to Rich Domino in an allowance race on the closing day of the Bay Meadows Fair. She will meet six rivals in Thursday's six-furlong $40,000 optional claimer for 3-year-old fillies. Two - At the Copa and Mona the Snake - return to the Bay Area from Arlington Park for leading trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Three made their last appearance at Del Mar, and one, Queen Nichole, makes her first start in nearly a year after racing at Calder as a 2-year-old.

Our Mango couldn't catch the speedy Hollendorfer-trained Rich Domino in her last race, running second all the way. Our Mango could find herself on the lead in this race, though.

Hollendorfer took Rich Domino's stablemates At the Copa and Mona the Snake to Chicago for his second trip to Arlington Park this summer. The two met in a June 29 allowance race with Mona the Snake defeating her pacesetting stablemate by 1 3/4 lengths. Both were beaten less than a length in their next starts, Mona the Snake finishing second by a half-length in a $12,500 starter allowance race and At the Copa finishing third, beaten three-quarters of a length in an allowance race.

Both ran fifth in their final appearances in Chicago before Hollendorfer, who still has 37 horses at Arlington Park, decided to ship them back to northern California.

"Mona the Snake liked the [Arlington] track at the beginning of the meet," Hollendorfer said. "At the Copa" - who won her debut at Arlington as a 2-year-old - "just couldn't get a win there."

Hollendorfer, who won the training title at Arlington last summer, is second in the standings there with his usual high percentage of winners. "I made a lot of money," he said.

Hollendorfer still maintains a barn at Arlington, which concludes Oct. 27.

He brought the two fillies back to northern California to give them their best chance to win.

"I just wanted to bring them back here," he said. "Conditions get tough there as the meet goes on. I don't know if it will be easier to win here."

At the Copa earned an 81 Beyer in her lone Bay Meadows start when she lost by a head to Ragin T Rex at this level on May 1 after a nine-month layoff.

Mona the Snake ran third behind runaway winner Pali Princess in her lone Bay Meadows start on April 11 to snap a three-race win streak.

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