07/08/2009 11:00PM

Washington Bridge a quick study


Jockey Chad Schvaneveldt and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer had a disagreement the first time they worked Washington Bridge over the track at Pleasanton.

"I breezed her two furlongs, and told Jerry she might be his best 2-year-old, and he said that he had four or five better than her," said Schvaneveldt.

If so, Hollendorfer's barn is really loaded.

All Washington Bridge did in her debut was set a Golden Gate Fields four-furlong track record of 44.95 by winning a maiden race by 4 1/2 lengths May 23.

On Saturday, she'll make her second start in the $50,000 Juan Gonzalez Memorial at the Alameda County Fair. She meets six rivals going 5 1/2 furlongs.

Schvaneveldt says Washington Bridge may not have been the fastest worker, but he sensed she was special because she would do whatever was asked of her.

"Early on, she did everything right," he said. "She'll do whatever you want her to do. When you ask, she gives you what you want.

"Washington Bridge reminds me a lot of Hystericalady, although it's too early to tell if she'll be that good," Schvaneveldt said, referring to Hollendorfer's Grade 1 winner of $2,390,556.

In her debut, Schvaneveldt asked Washington Bridge for some early speed.

"I jacked her out of the gate," he said.

She quickly took command of the race, was in front by three at the top of the stretch, and never was asked to run. Among her beaten rivals was Cruzin Topless, who won her next start here last week.

"She had some gears left," said Schvaneveldt,

Schvaneveldt was aboard Washington Bridge for her easy 50.20 half-mile work Wednesday. She relaxed nicely, he said, and Schvaneveldt is confident that she'll be quite content to stalk the pace in Saturday's race.

Her rivals include Izzy Rules and Appealing Resume, both debut winners for fiery-hot Jeff Bonde, Got an Itch, Ringing Bernie, Jules J, and first-time starter Victory Dash.

Bonde won the meet's first two stakes, including the Everett Nevin for 2-year-olds with Excessive Passion.

Izzy Rules was one of his seven winners the opening week of the meet. Appealing Resume and Excessive Passion won two-furlong maiden races. Appealing Resume is owned by Philip Lebherz, who entered this week with seven straight victories by his 2-year-old runners.