02/18/2006 12:00AM

Top three all out to make amends


ALBANY, Calif. - Monday's Grade 3, $150,000 All American Handicap at Golden Gate Fields could be called the Make Amends Handicap.

Three of the seven runners are coming off disappointing efforts.

"The last was disappointing. I thought he was sitting on a top race," Buzzards Bay's trainer Ron Ellis said of his horse's fourth-place finish in the Sunshine Millions Classic at Santa Anita on Jan. 28.

"I was very disappointed by his race in the Strub. Evidently, he's not as good as we thought," Greeley's Galaxy's trainer Warren Stute said of his colt's fourth-place finish on Feb. 4.

Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer couldn't find words to describe his feelings after Trickey Trevor got cooked dueling with Proud Tower Too through six furlongs in 1:08.69 in the Sunshine Millions Classic. Trickey Trevor, who had won three straight, including a pair of stakes, finished seventh, while Proud Tower Too faded to 11th in the field of 12.

Buzzards Bay, Greeley's Galaxy, and Trickey Trevor, plus Adreamisborn, appear the top contenders in the 1 1/8-mile All American.

Molengao, coming off an allowance victory; Melanyhasthepapers; and Ace Blue, a stablemate of Trickey Trevor and Adreamisborn, round out the field.

Stute said Greeley's Galaxy, the 2005 Illinois Derby winner who went on to do little in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, had bleeding problems last year but is over them now.

The colt did little in the Grade 1 Malibu after a seven-month layoff, but ran third in the San Fernando and then a distant fourth in the Strub.

Greeley's Galaxy runs back Monday off only a two-week break.

"I believe in bringing them back a little quicker than some do," Stute said.

Stute is also adding blinkers. "I hope it will sharpen him up so he shows a little more zip," he said.

He'll need to show more zip, as will everyone else, or Trickey Trevor will steal the race. He is the lone speed, has never lost on a wet track, which the forecast says he will get here, and is 5 for 6 in his career at this track.

Buzzards Bay is an enigma to Ellis, who says the colt's two recent losses have to do with his mind, not his conditioning. Ellis thinks Buzzards Bay can compete in the Santa Anita Handicap but needs a confidence-builder, so he chose this spot, at the track where the colt won last year's Golden Gate Derby.

"If he'll just give it his all, he'll win," Ellis said. "If he doesn't give it his all, everybody else is eligible to beat him."

That would make Adreamisborn a candidate. The 7-year-old multiple stakes winner is the most consistent runner in the field.