05/15/2006 11:00PM

Hollendorfer unveils promising Bwana Bull


SAN MATEO, Calif. - For the second day in a row, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has entered a promising 2-year-old in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden sprint at Bay Meadows. On Thursday, Hollendorfer sends out Bwana Bull, a $140,000 purchase at Keeneland last September. Bwana Bull will have seven rivals, including stablemate Tribal Trouble.

On Wednesday, Hollendorfer entered a filly he said he thinks has potential, Forest Huntress, a $110,000 purchase from the same Keeneland sale.

is by Holy Bull, and his dam, Shahalo, who was 0 for 2 on the racetrack, has been productive as a broodmare. Bwana Bull is a half-brother to the stakes winner Bwana Charlie and a half to the stakes-placed Ten Halos.

Bwana Bull has not missed a work since beginning his preparations to race with his first drill on March 12. His last two works were half-mile bullets from the gate.

Hollendorfer said he uses workouts to evaluate where young horses should be placed. Hollendorfer is patient with his young runners. Cause to Believe, his Derby entrant this year, got an early start last year, but only because he was ready. It's the same for Bwana Bull.

"Sometimes if they're ready, you can take a shot by running them," Hollendorfer said. "A lot of times, you'll have to run 4 1/2 even though they're bred to go longer. If they show some speed and finish well, that's fine.

"I like to win as much as anybody, but if a 2-year-old doesn't win first out, I can handle it," he said. "I like to try developing horses. I don't look for speed pedigrees. I like speed and stamina. I don't like to buy horses to run short their whole career, although I do have some nice sprinters."

, Bwana Bull's stablemate, ran second behind runaway winner Youandiatdelmar in northern California's first 2-year-old race of the year, on April 14. Boxelder was third in that race.

Four of Thursday's runners - , Lit'sgoodlookngray, and first-timers French Forest and Starcast - are first foals.

Aftertheluvn and Secret Tough, like Bwana Bull, have stakes-winning siblings.

Aftertheluvn is a half to stakes winner Peteski's Charm. Secret Touch is a half to stakes winner Sudden Storm.