12/18/2001 1:00AM

Overall handle up from 2000


INGLEWOOD, Calif. - The autumn meeting at Hollywood Park concluded on Monday with an increase in attendance and all-sources handle, but a drop in ontrack handle.

The 31-day meeting drew an average crowd of 7,214, a gain of 5 percent. The overall daily average handle of $9,383,251 was an increase of 3 percent from 2000, but the ontrack average fell by 1 percent to $1,674,185. At satellite locations in California, handle grew by 4 percent to $3,739,541.

The overall handle was the second-highest for an autumn meeting that did not include a Breeders' Cup.

Trainer Bob Baffert set a record for the autumn meet with 22 winners, four of them stakes. The previous mark of 19 winners was set by Bob Hess, Jr., in 1992. Baffert finished well clear of Bill Spawr and Doug O'Neill, who each won 10 races. Bobby Frankel trainer six stakes-winners, equaling Charlie Whittingham's 1984 mark for the fall meeting.

Alex Solis led the jockeys with 30 winners, scoring his fourth riding title at the autumn meet and eighth of his career at Hollywood.

Solis pulled clear in the final week to finish with 30 winners. He had three winners on Sunday to pad his lead over Kent Desormeaux, who finished second with 25 wins.

Laffit Pincay, Jr., who won three riding titles in Southern California earlier this year, was third with 23 winners. Pincay, 54, contended for the Hollywood Park title until the final week, when he missed three days of racing after losing an appeal of a riding suspension for a disqualification at Del Mar in July.

Pincay beat Solis by two winners during the Oak Tree meeting at Santa Anita earlier this fall, a reversal of the Del Mar meet, when Solis won by two over Pincay.

Siphonic, who won the Hollywood Futurity last Saturday, was voted horse of the meeting.

Lake William scores for Mandella

Richard Mandella finished the meeting with two winners, scoring his second on the final day with Lake William in the $72,450 Dayjur Handicap.

"They couldn't keep me down forever," Mandella joked.

Lake William ($8.60) ran 5 1/2 furlongs on turf in 1:02.52, winning by a length over Texas Glitter. Ridden by Victor Espinoza, Lake William closed from midpack to catch the front-running Texas Glitter in the final sixteenth.

Shadow Caster, the longest shot in the field at 66-1, finished third, followed by Alea Iacta Est, Islander and Astonished.

Lake William won the Grade 3 San Simeon Handicap at Santa Anita last April and will be pointed for the same race next year, Mandella said. Owned by Jerry and Ann Moss, Lake William has won five of 14 starts and $233,361.