08/09/2013 12:56PM

Santa Rosa: Hollendorfer seeks repeat in Cavonnier Juvenile with Hirschy


SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is seeking a repeat in Sunday’s $50,000 Cavonnier Juvenile Stakes at the Sonoma County Fair and will be using the same strategy as last year.

The Hollendorfer-trained Zeewat won his debut at the fair and then came back to win the six-furlong Cavonnier last year. This year, Hollendorfer has Hirschy, who scored an impressive win in his Aug. 1 debut and comes back 10 days later seeking a stakes win.

Zeewat won his debut in wire-to-wire style and then scored a stalking victory in the Cavonnier. Hirschy, a Tom Bachman homebred also owned by Peter Abruzzo, John Carver, and Hollendorfer, was in midpack down the backstretch and around the turn in his five-furlong debut before moving four wide for a clear path and unleashing a strong kick to win by three-quarters of a length.

“He wasn’t there by choice,” said jockey Russell Baze, who will ride the California-bred son of Papa Clem again, as he did with Zeewat last year. “That can be a lot for a first-time runner to try to overcome. He’s nice, but he’ll be better going long. The extra distance in the Cavonnier will help him.”

Many young horses, Zeewat included, are precocious, showing speed and winning because of it. Baze was impressed with Hirschy because he did sit back and finished so well.

Baze is not predicting that Hirschy will become a multiple stakes winner like Zeewat, but he said, “It’s nice to be on quality young horses. He’s been training like a pretty good one, but we’ll have a better feel after Sunday.”

Hirschy breaks from post 4 in the field of six 2-year-olds.

The speedy Cajun Hippie, a wire-to-wire winner in a $25,000 maiden claimer in his debut, drew the rail. Luck Lasts, who set the pace before finishing third in the Everett Nevin Stakes, is in post 2. Outlook, who uncorked a strong rally from last to finish fourth in that race, a nose behind Luck Lasts, is in post 3.

The Walther Solis stakes-placed duo of Tupelo Cush and Time for Angie, a filly, will line up outside Hirschy.

“The race seems to set up for him,” Baze said of Hirschy, adding that he expects to sit behind the inside speed.

Genaro Vallejo, who trains Cajun Hippie, said of his horse, “I was really surprised the way he ran [in his debut]. He ran so good, and he’s been working so good, the owners [Southern Equine Stable] told me to run him up here.”

Luck Lasts, though, looks like the speed of the race, and trainer John Martin said the Harris Farms homebred likely will be the one to catch.

“He’s small and needs to grow up some, but I’ve liked him all along,” Martin said. “I know he’s going to run his race.”