12/30/2005 12:00AM

Strut Your Stuff comes north


SAN MATEO, Calif. - Don Warren finds himself in a spot many California trainers have found themselves in of late.

He has a talented entrant in Sunday's $75,000 Bay Meadows Cotillion Handicap at 1 1/16 miles. But he has to overcome the Jerry Hollendorfer factor.

Hollendorfer, northern California's leading trainer, has been unbeatable in stakes of late. He won the final four stakes offered at Golden Gate Fields and won the opening-day stakes here.

Warren sends the Southern California-based in the Cotillion. She won on the Golden Gate turf in her last visit to northern California, then ran third in the Cat's Cradle in her stakes debut at Hollywood Park in her last start.

She never failed to pick up a check in 2005, with 2 wins, 4 seconds, and 2 thirds in 9 starts. Primarily a sprinter, she usually gets a stalking trip.

"She's pretty consistent," Warren said. "She usually gives a pretty good try."

Strut Your Stuff's only bad race came in her debut, a 10th-place finish at one mile on the turf from post 10 at Hollywood Park, and Warren blames himself for that race.

"I entered her going long and she had a bad post," he said. "She had no idea what to do entering the first turn."

Strut Your Stuff lost a photo to multiple stakes winner Yerevan Star at Pleasanton in her second start, then won her next two races.

Sunday's race is the longest of her career, but Warren believes she can handle the distance. She is out of the Silveyville mare Winning in Style.

"The pedigree on the bottom is good for 1 1/8 miles or a mile and a quarter," Warren said.

Strut Your Stuff will have to give it her best against a tough one-two punch from Hollendorfer on Sunday.

Hollendorfer's best shot appears to be . She has finished first or second in six of her seven starts here and really came into her own last summer, winning back-to-back stakes at Pleasanton and Emerald Downs. Off for about four months, she ran third on the turf at Golden Gate Fields in her comeback Dec. 15 and is better on the main track.

Hollendorfer also sends out a new face, , who makes her first start for him after finishing second in the Grade 3 Maple Leaf at Woodbine in her last start. Last summer, she won the Grade 3 Arlington Matron on a disqualification.

Both Hollendorfer runners are better on the main track and might not have been entered had the race remained on the turf as originally scheduled. Sparkling Humor, First Draft, and Vencedora Amiga all seem much better on the turf, while Strut Your Stuff seems comfortable on either surface.