06/27/2005 11:00PM

No Wheels looks tough to catch on drop


PLEASANTON, Calif. - Just how good is the 4-year-old gelding No Wheels?

Thursday's feature at the Alameda County Fair, an $18,000 to $20,000 claimer at six furlongs, might give trainer Jerry Hollendorfer better perspective on him.

, part of a Hollendorfer entry with Bolted Heart in a field with seven betting interests, began his career with a 7 1/2-length win in a bottom-level $8,000 maiden claimer.

He set quick early fractions and got an 86 Beyer Speed Figure for the wire-to-wire score against 10 rivals.

He came back in a $12,500 claimer and won again, once more dominating the field while earning another 86 Beyer - and Hollendorfer claimed him from John Martin's barn.

Hollendorfer jumped No Wheels into allowance company last time out, and he went fast again early but couldn't get the lead while pinned inside Harry Bailey through fractions of 21.42 and 44.04 seconds.

Both faded in the lane after the hard-fought duel with No Wheels holding on better to finish a distant fourth as the favorite.

No Wheels is back in a claiming race Thursday, and it seems he has a pace advantage that might make him tough to catch.

While No Wheels should be able to establish an early lead on a track that traditionally favors speed, he might face some challenges in the lane.

, who has seven career victories though he is 0 for 10 this year, has run solid fractions in routes and most recently ran second against better horses in a turf sprint.

went wire-to-wire in his maiden victory at Santa Anita but was comfortable sitting back and firing through the lane in a starter allowance victory at Bay Meadows. He may not be quite as quick as No Wheels, who is drawn just inside him in post 7, but he could be the primary competition in the stretch.

Should Any Questions be able to apply pressure early, the race could set up for Shoesdontfailmenow, who closed well for third behind Any Questions last out.

Several other interesting horses also are entered Thursday.

In the third race, Cashmula, a $250,000 yearling purchase who was a loser to both 2-year-old Eclipse winner Declan's Moon and Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo, goes in a $12,500 maiden claimer.

In the ninth race, Aces Full will be gunning for his sixth straight victory.

* The California Horse Racing Board will hold its monthly meeting Thursday at the satellite betting facility on the fairgrounds. Among the subjects expected to be heard by the board is further discussion on the jockey weight issue.