03/15/2002 12:00AM

Ninebanks has it all, so it seems


ALBANY, Calif. - Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer seems to be holding the aces (again), this time for the $55,000 Silky Sullivan Starter Handicap, Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

Hollendorfer sends out the entry of Ninebanks and Anstar in a field of eight, which includes a second coupled entry of Suspicious Minds and Withholding Info.

Hollendorfer nominated Ninebanks to Saturday's Golden Gate Breeders' Cup Handicap, which drew only five entrants. He opted to run in the Silky Sullivan, a 1 1/16-mile turf race, instead.

"The number [of entrants] doesn't matter," he said. "It's the quality of the field."

Ninebanks seemed a decent fit in Saturday's Grade 3 race after finishing second to Decarchy in the Grade 3 Tanforan Handicap over the Golden Gate Fields turf course in his previous start on Feb. 9. That improved his turf record to two wins and two seconds, for earnings of $87,848 in five starts.

The second-place finish looks even more impressive in light of Decarchy's subsequent victory in the Grade 2 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita.

"I think that race is why they made him the highweight here," Hollendorfer said. Ninebanks is assigned 120 pounds.

Hollendorfer said he believes Ninebanks, a 4-year-old gelding, simply had a better chance to win the Silky Sullivan.

Indeed, Ninebanks looks like the one to beat coming off the Tanforan. He has four works since then, including a bullet drill of 1:14.60 at six furlongs on March 8.

Ninebanks seems the stronger half of the entry, although Anstar did beat him on the dirt two races back.

"If it rains, Anstar will have a better shot," Hollendorfer said.

Though he has made 17 of his 35 starts on the turf, Anstar has only one of his eight career victories on grass.

Chuck Peery trains the other coupled entry. Like Hollendorfer, he nominated Withholding Info to the Saturday race, but said all along he was planning to run him in the Silky Sullivan.

Withholding Info has two wins and three seconds in six starts since being claimed by Peery for $25,000 in Feb. 2001. A 4-year-old gelding, Withholding Info made a strong rally to finish second by a nose in his first turf start since 2000 last time out.

Suspicious Minds, the other half of the entry, comes into the Silky Sullivan off a victory in a $40,000 claiming race on the turf.

Rounding out the field are Big Shot, Reel 'em In, Astra Ridge, and Ben Saw San.