05/09/2005 11:00PM

Turf runners tune up for stakes

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ALBANY, Calif. - Thursday's feature race at Golden Gate Fields is really a sneak preview.

The 1 1/16-mile allowance race on the turf was written by racing secretary Sean Greely to provide a prep for runners being considered for the $100,000 Rolling Green on June 4.

Adreamisborn and Aly Bubba, second and third in the Grade 2 San Francisco Breeders' Cup Mile at Bay Meadows in their last start, signed up. So did stakes winner Handyman Bill, Irish import Addario, and Adreamisborn's stablemate Symphony Sid.

"It worked out well," said Holly Evans, Aly Bubba's trainer. "This sets up perfect for the Rolling Green. There was one other race in the condition book we were eligible for, but it was at a mile. It's better for us that this is a mile and a sixteenth."

The Rolling Green is 1 1/8 miles on the grass.

In Thursday's allowance, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who won the training title at the just-concluded Bay Meadows meeting, saddles Adreamisborn, who is strictly the one to beat, and Symphony Sid, who is the one to catch.

, who won the Grade 3 Longacres Mile last year after starting the year as a 5-year-old maiden, won the Grade 3 Stanford Breeders' Cup Handicap at this distance two starts ago. He earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure in the San Francisco when he finished a half-length behind Castledale. Adreamisborn sat closer than usual that day and still finished well.

Symphony Sid won two straight starts on the turf, and in his last start broke slowly, rushed up, and tired late in a mile race on the main track at Bay Meadows.

finished behind Adreamisborn in his last start and behind Synphony Sid two starts back.

has not won since beating Hollendorfer's turf star, Ninebanks, in the 2003 Foster City Handicap. Handyman Bill ran only two other times in 2003 and made only two starts in 2004, trailing Adreamisborn both times.

Handyman Bill closed nicely in his first start of 2005, a sprint down Santa Anita's hillside course on April 18.

Addario won five times racing in his native Ireland last year and ran fifth in his U.S. debut on April 1. He has worked steadily since that start and should improve.