Updated on 09/16/2011 6:46AM

Lost at Sea going a mile again


ALBANY, Calif. - Northern California's leading trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer, is sitting pretty with his 3-year-olds.

The 3-year-old stars of his barn, Metatron, U S S Tinosa, Cappuchino, and Yougottawanna are all nominated to the Triple Crown. On Sunday at Golden Gate Fields, he will send out a nice 3-year-old filly, Lost at Sea, in the feature race.

"I like her," Hollendorfer said.

Lost at Sea will run in the one-mile allowance race coupled with Clever Dorcas, who has won two of her three starts at the distance. The pair will have five rivals, including the stakes-placed My Sand Dollar and Halo Tyra, a winner in her debut.

Lost at Sea was one of the horses Hollendorfer took to Arlington Park last summer when he won the training title there. She finished second in her debut in a six-furlong sprint on Aug. 15. Her next start was at a mile, and she faded badly.

Hollendorfer says now he may have miscalculated by trying a mile race in the filly's second start. But he says that she should run well at the distance.

"She's really bred for it," he said. "That's why we tried her the other time."

Lost at Sea returned to northern California with Hollendorfer last fall and won her next start, a six-furlong race at Bay Meadows on Sept. 26. She was second to the ill-fated Gloriously Golden, then third in a pair of six-furlong sprints at Golden Gate Fields before a brief freshener.

If Hollendorfer likes Lost at Sea, he really likes Metatron, who was a seven-length winner in his comeback Friday. He defeated Goodnews Bay, while running six furlongs in 1:09.18.

Metatron, a son of Silver Ghost, won his debut at Bay Meadows last spring. He did not win again as a 2-year-old but was second in the Hollywood Juvenile and the Best Pal (to Officer), both Grade 3 races. He was third to Officer in the Del Mar Futurity and third behind Siphonic and Harlan's Holiday in the Lane's End Futurity at Keeneland in Grade 2 races.

He was headed to the Breeders' Cup Juvenile but took ill.

In Friday's six-furlong sprint, Metatron broke alertly and was a wire-to-wire winner in a speed-laden field.

Hollendorfer didn't expect to win going wire to wire, but he said he wanted jockey Russell Baze "to get him out of there. I didn't want him in any position where he'd get pinned on the rail."

Hollendorfer said the colt would be pointed to the $200,000 El Camino. "He's got a good foundation," he said. "He's had plenty of works and this was a good tightener. This gives me plenty of time to get him ready for the El Camino."

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