03/01/2004 12:00AM

Quite a match for Rollette


ALBANY, Calif. - The late-running sprinter Rollette has always held a magical quality for owners John Bredeson and Greg Geiser.

They claimed the now 8-year-old mare for $16,000 on July 13, 2000 and won the 2001 Richmond Handicap with her.

She made her final start on Feb. 12, running last in a $50,000 optional claimer. But the adventure continues. Rollette is now in Kentucky, where she will be bred to Point Given under a foal-sharing agreement.

She is the first horse Bredeson ever owned and is clearly special to Geiser.

Bredeson and Geiser decided last December to retire Rollette, but she was training so well for their new trainer, Mark Rheinford, they decided to race her where she wouldn't be claimed. She ran eighth in a Santa Anita turf sprint before her final start at Golden Gate Fields.

There was minimal reaction from Washington breeders about Rollette, a daughter of Basket Weave out of the Skin Head mare On Her Roll, so Bredeson began to research Kentucky stallions for their multiple stakes winner, who won 12 of 54 starts and $193,495.

Tom Burlingame, a friend and former trainer, made some inquiries in Kentucky, again with minimal reaction. Bredeson then put together a packet of information about Rollette and sent it to some of that state's larger farms.

To the amazement of Bredeson and Geiser, Overbrook Farm suggested a breeding with Breeders' Cup Classic winner Cat Thief, and within two weeks Three Chimneys came up with an offer for Point Given, winner of the Preakness and Belmont in 2001.

"When John told me, I said, 'Point Given? You've gotta be kidding,' But they liked the fact she was a stakes winner, and I think they liked her breeding and the chance to involve some different bloodlines," Geiser said.

"We went back to see the farm, and it was amazing. Here are these small-town guys, and we're invited to Three Chimneys, and they pulled Point Given out of his paddock so we could see him."

House of Fortune the Oaks highweight

Multiple stakes winner House of Fortune will be the 121-pound highweight in Saturday's $75,000-added California Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles. A Ron McAnally trainee, House of Fortune won a pair of California-bred stakes, the Cover Gal and the Cal Cup Juvenile Fillies, during Santa Anita's Oak Tree meeting. She has since run third in the Grade 1 Hollywood Starlet and second in the Grade 2 Santa Ynez.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer nominated his big two of Bending Strings and Wildwood Flower, but will probably enter just stakes-placed Secret Corsage. Church Editor, who won the Black Swan at Fairplex, Mme. Espionage, and Flash of Fashion are also considered likely. Stakes-placed Renaissance Lady and Slews in Demand are still being considered.

Wednesday pace play

Wednesday's six-furlong, $50,000 optional-claiming feature is a simple proposition to handicap. Can any of his four rivals catch Twentythreejaybird?

Hollendorfer has the 5-year-old horse at the top of his game with consecutive wire-to-wire victories.

No one in the field seems able to match his ability to run a 21-and-change opening quarter-mile and 44-flat half-mile, although Danzilation, who has run only once in the past 17 months, has flashed some speed in the past.

Onebigbag, who has won 2 of his last 3 starts, figures to be the primary rival and should get first run in the stretch. Zona De Impacto should improve in his second U.S. start.

* Trainer Effrain Miranda was hit with a 30-day suspension beginning Monday as well as a $2,000 for violation of a California Horse Racing Board rule requiring a trainer to insure condition of his horse, as well as a violation for clenbuterol and possession of contraband.

* Trainer Brian Koriner offered no excuses for Onebadshark, whose jockey Kevin Radke said made a gurgling noise and then tired in Saturday's San Carlos Handicap. Koriner said he would probably bring his talented runner back in a sprint.

* Jockey Frank Alvarado's book has been taken over by Mark North, who reports that apprentice Marcia Stortz will undergo knee surgery and will return for the fairs.

* Tom Doutrich, the racing secretary, plans to begin carding turf races again on March 10.