Updated on 09/16/2011 7:01AM

As usual, Hollendorfer holds a pair of aces


ALBANY, Calif. - It's a familiar story in northern California. Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is the one to beat in Wednesday's feature race at Golden Gate Fields.

Hollendorfer, northern California's leading trainer, is being recognized nationally these days because of his solid group of 3-year-olds, including U S S Tinosa, who was second last Sunday in the San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita and has been a separate entry in both Kentucky Derby Future Wager pools. The Hollendorfer-trained Cappuchino and Yougottawanna have also been separate entries in the pools.

Hollendorfer has quantity, but he also has quality, which he hopes to show again in a six-furlong allowance race Wednesday when he sends out the entry of Hezacatseye and Gatto Fortunato.

Gatto Fortunato hasn't finished off the board since Hollendorfer claimed him for $32,000 from Jack Carava's stable on Dec. 31 at Santa Anita. His Beyer figure has improved in each start for Hollendorfer.

Gatto Fortunato's past two starts have been smashers as he finished a neck behind the talented Texas Chili, then scored an easy victory in a pair of $32,000 starter allowance races.

But Gatto Fortunato may play second fiddle to Hezacatseye in this race.

Hollendorfer claimed Hezacatseye for $40,000 from Peter Eurton in his last race on March 7 at Santa Anita. Coincidentally, he was in the same Dec. 31 race when Hollendorfer claimed Gatto Fortunato.

Gatto Fortunato beat him by one-half length that day, but Hezacatseye, who has been claimed in his past two starts, seems improved since then. Hezacatseye was favored over Gatto Fortunato that day.

Hezacatseye has a win and three seconds since then, including a runner-up finish to The Station, who came north to win after his Santa Anita score. Hezacatseye has six straight Beyer Figures in the 80's and has a good stalking style in a speed-filled race.

Hollendorfer's entry will likely be favored, but both horses will have plenty to do in this field of 11, which also includes the entry of Chicago Joe and Cash B. Fast.

The much-improved Court Shenanigans takes a big step up as he seeks his third straight win. He was claimed for $16,000 in his last start by Cliff Delima. That race resulted in a career-best 91 Beyer.

Gotta Go to Work comes out of a troubled race in which he broke slowly as he hit the gate and later got himself in tight quarters. He's a definite threat with a clean trip.

Guiding Force comes north with a series of good works since his comeback try at Santa Anita on Feb. 9. He went 21.40 seconds and 44-flat before tiring in a 6 1/2-furlong race.

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