02/07/2008 1:00AM

Hollye Lynne experiments


Hollye Lynne is one of the most versatile horses based at Sam Houston Race Park. She has won around one turn and two, on dirt and on turf, and on the front end and from off the pace. Yet on Saturday night, Hollye Lynne will be trying something new. She will be making her first start in a turf route in the $50,000 Jersey Village Stakes.

The 1 1/16-mile turf race is for Texas-bred fillies and mares. Among the leading contenders in the 10-horse field are Wild Encounter, a stakes winner, and Boundus and Senora Tormenta.

All three bring turf route experience into the Jersey Village, but Hollye Lynne is the one they might have to catch to win. She comes into the race off a head win in a five-furlong optional claimer at Sam Houston on Jan. 25. The race was scheduled for turf but was run on a sloppy main track, and Holly Lynne stalked the pace. She is looking for her second stakes win of the meet after taking the $75,000 Martanza at a mile on dirt during the Texas Champions Day program on Dec. 1.

Paul Nolan has the mount on Hollye Lynne for trainer John Locke.

Senora Tormenta and Wild Encounter finished second and fourth in an open-company turf allowance at Sam Houston on Jan. 5. Danny Pish trains Senora Tormenta and has given the mount to Steve Bourque, while Richard Eramia has the mount on Wild Encounter for trainer Michelle Lovell.