12/31/2001 12:00AM

Question is, which Hollendorfer horse do you like better?


ALBANY, Calif. - Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who finished third in the nation in victories in 2001, has entered the two horses to beat in Wednesday's feature at Golden Gate Fields.

Hollendorfer sends out Bullish Miss and Most of All in a six-furlong, $40,000 optional claiming race for fillies and mares. The race drew a field of six. Call Me Soon, Victory Serenade, Angies Kin, and Monrow round out the field.

Both Bullish Miss and Most of All come into the race off victories. But you can't get them both for the price of one. They race as individual entries.

Bullish Miss won 3 of 6 starts as a 3-year-old in 2001, including a victory on a wet-fast track here Nov. 29. The newly turned 4-year-old meets older foes for the first time, but appears to be the speed of the race.

Most of All, who has seven lifetime wins and the highest earnings in the field with $212,078, also comes off a victory, in a $32,000 optional claimer Nov. 30. Unlike her stablemate, she will be coming late.

On Nov. 30, Most of All beat Victory Serenade by 1 1/2 lengths as a 3-5 favorite. Victory Serenade was blocked at the quarter pole.

Call Me Soon broke in a tangle in her last start. She led between calls in the lane but was caught late. Angies Kin, a Canadian import, finished last in that race. Monrow, who has won 13 of 28 starts, makes her first start since Sept. 24.

Duran rides first winner

Apprentice jockey Francisco Duran rode the first winner of his career, guiding Nice Calves to a five-length win in Sunday's opening race, a one-mile maiden $12,500 race.

Duran, 24, had one mount at the Bay Meadows meeting and was 0-for-23 at Golden Gate Fields with six seconds and two thirds before scoring his first victory.

Duran, who grew up in Oxnard, was introduced to horses when he was 20. He got his initial opportunity through a class that introduced students to horses and taught them to ride.

He was instantly attracted to riding, "for the adventure of it," he said. "Part of it was my size, and the horses added to it."

Duran worked at a ranch for nine months, learning about horses and riding. He got his exercising license at Santa Anita, but moved to northern California for, he said, "better opportunities."

He learns now by watching videotape of races. "That's what helps me tremendously, " he said.

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