05/21/2007 12:00AM

There's cause to believe the little brother can run

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ALBANY, Calif. - The 2-year-old Imaginary Sailor probably is best known now as Cause to Believe's younger half-brother. But after Imaginary Sailor's debut Friday, Cause to Believe may become known as his older half-brother.

Imaginary Sailor has some big shoes to fill to match his older sibling, who won three stakes as a 2-year-old and swept the California Derby and El Camino Real Derby last year at 3.

Unlike his older brother, Imaginary Sailor, a $45,000 Keeneland purchase last September, won his debut, scoring a four-length victory in a most professional manner. He sat third behind Sierra Sunset and You Is What You Is in a four-furlong race before making a strong move into the stretch to pull away.

Janet Hollendorfer, who assists her husband, Jerry, said they expected the colt to run well.

Jockey Chad Schvaneveldt was extremely impressed with the way Imaginary Sailor ran. He said the colt wasn't happy having dirt kicked in his face, which is not unusual for a young runner. But, said Schvaneveldt, "When he saw daylight, he was gone."

"He's pretty mature for a 2-year-old," Schvaneveldt said. "He does things right and is a good-feeling colt. I think he's got more gears. Every time I asked him, he gave me another."

Schvaneveldt and Janet Hollendorfer agree that Imaginary Sailor, who is gray like his brother, seems bigger, stronger, and more mature than Cause to Believe at a similar point in his development.

"To look at him, you'd think he was a 3-year-old, but he has a real baby face," Hollendorfer said.

Bay Meadows head clocker Art Lobato has been talking about the colt since seeing him in an early one-furlong work.

"It was just the way he carried himself," Lobato said. "He had an air about him, and he had a beautiful stride."

Imaginary Sailor will be pointed to the $50,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes on closing day, June 10.

His big brother is on the comeback trail and has worked three times at Hollywood Park, including a 46.80 half-mile drill on May 20 that was the second-best of 50 that morning.

Mr Eddie Boy becomes stakes winner

Mr Eddie Boy, making his stakes debut, won the $75,000 Alcatraz here on Saturday. The race was for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on turf. He is now 2 for 2 since moving to the grass.

Owner Roy Bishop said the 3-year-old gelding was injured after his Emerald Downs debut last June. He ran third in his comeback, a $50,000 maiden claimer on March 24, then won his maiden at one mile on the turf before his Alcatraz victory.

Bishop said he would like to send him to Southern California.

Good Time'n Dixie on her way

Last year at 3, Good Time'n Dixie won her first two starts. She was sidelined until Aprilo14, when she ran second to Valid's Valid. Valid's Valid went on to become a stakes winner in her next start, and Good Time'n Dixie bounced back to win a six-furlong $50,000 optional claimer Sunday.

She went wire to wire, shaking loose from Snowdrop's strong challenge on the turn. Though she was tiring late, she defeated Cat Lady by a half-length in 1:10.

"I just don't know if she wants to run much more than six furlongs," said Steve Sherman, who runs the Northern California portion of his father Art's barn. "She tired a little bit late, but it was only her second start. I thought it was a good win, but every win's a good win."

Dipsea Trail coming up tough

Some talented 3-year-old fillies are expected to run in Saturday's $50,000-added Dipsea Trail Stakes. Among them are Dixie Crisp and Hot Spell, a combined 3 for 3 for Jerry Hollendorfer, and Quite a Rush, who is stakes-placed for the Greg Gilchrist-Harry Aleo team.

The stakes-placed On Duty, who was claimed from Gilchrist and Aleo, is "50-50" to run, according to trainer O.J. Jauregui. Pinata, who won the $100,000 Landaluce as a 2-year-old, is listed as probable by trainer Darrell Vienna.

On Monday, the Grade 3, $200,000 Golden Gate Fields Breeders' Cup will be run at 1 3/8 miles on the turf. Expected to venture north from Southern California are Macduff and Fitz Flag, who has been chasing On the Acorn in major stakes. Possible for the race are Now Victory, Railroad, Bravo Maestro, Grand Couturier, and Icy Ridge.

Trainer suspended for exceeding CO2 limit

Trainer Jamey Thomas was suspended for 15 days (May 21-June 4) as part of a stipulated agreement with the California Horse Racing Board after two of his horses tested above the limit for carbon dioxide. Vilamoura, who finished sixth in the sixth race Aug. 26, 2006, at Golden Gate Fields, tested above the limit, as did At a Boy Luther, third in the sixth race Aug. 27, 2006, at Golden Gate Fields.

Thomas was also fined $7,500 and placed on probation for one year, but the fine will be stayed if he has no further Class 1, 2, or 3 medication violations during his probation. In addition, both horses were disqualified from any earnings.

* Jockey Macario Rodriquez was suspended three days (May 27, 28, 30) by the Golden Gate stewards for causing interference in the stretch with Radar Gun in Saturday's sixth race.