12/07/2004 12:00AM

Three in second start off career-debut wins


ALBANY, Calif. - One race does not a career make. But if that one race is a debut victory, it can surely make a horse's career seem promising.

Three of the seven runners in Thursday's Golden Gate Fields feature have won their their only starts, and a fourth won her last start. A fifth, Queenmab'sdaughter, is also coming off a win, in a starter allowance race, and is the lone entrant in Thursday's six-furlong allowance race for 2-year-old fillies with two victories.

Trolley Belle, Lovin Glory, and My Favorite Sport won their career debuts and are making their second starts. Lovin Glory defeated Etoile Petite, an entrymate of Queenmab'sdaughter, by five lengths in her debut, but Etoile Petite won her next start by five lengths.

The entry could be tough here. Queenmab'sdaughter can sit close to the lead in a first-run position, and Etoile Petite can sit farther off the pace and come running late.

Lovin Glory won impressively, stumbling at the eighth pole while in front, then regaining her balance to sail to victory. But she has been gone seven weeks and has only moderate drills of late.

My Favorite Sport stumbled at the start of her debut in a maiden claimer. She was in midpack on the backstretch, rallied five wide on the turn for the lead, and pulled away. Her six-furlong time was a relatively slow 1:12, but the way she moved was impressive.

Trolley Belle might be the one to beat. She won a five-furlong race wire to wire, by nine lengths, while not being asked for her best.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer paid $100,000 for Trolley Belle at last September's Keeneland yearling sale.

"I liked the breeding," he said. "Unbridled's Song has become much more popular. You wouldn't get a filly with her breeding for that price again."

Trolley Belle suffered through the usual 2-year-old growing pains.

"I'd like to have started her before, but November's not a bad time,"Hollendorfer said. "That's when we started with Event of the Year."

Event of the Year retired as a $1.09 million earner in nine career starts from 1997-99.

Hollendorfer had supplemented Trolley Belle to the Piedmont Stakes, which was canceled, but said he would not have run her back in only one week.