08/18/2005 11:00PM

Year off didn't hurt Bolted Heart


Bolted Heart was gone a year and 13 days, but judging by his two return races at the northern California fairs this summer, you wouldn't know it. That's because the 4-year-old has managed to come right back to top form, and despite moving to a longer trip and to turf for just the second time, he looms the horse to beat in Sunday's $30,000 feature at the Bay Meadows Fair, an entry-level allowance at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf. The race lured a field of 11 and goes as the ninth on a 10-race card.

Bolted Heart, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, had very productive 2003 and 2004 seasons. He was sidelined in June 2004 and didn't race again until June 30, 2005, when he resurfaced to be second in a dirt sprint against restricted claimers at Pleasanton. Hollendorfer wheeled him back at Solano on July 20 in an entry-level allowance sprint, and after a sluggish start Bolted Heart powered home to get up for the win. But he lugged out in the lane and caused interference, so he was disqualified from first to fourth.

Bolted Heart finished third on this course the only time he tried the turf. Chad Schvaneveldt rides.

Exclamation, trained by Jedd Josephson, has come into his own of late, rattling off two straight wins routing on turf. He started his career in Southern California but failed to come up with much. He was dull on the Bay Meadows turf at the distance of Sunday's race against maidens on May 7, but next came back on the grass at Golden Gate and rallied for the 11-1 upset. To prove that win was no fluke, he rallied again on the turf at Santa Rosa, this time against starter allowance foes, and posted a 4-1 victory. Exclamation got no help from the draw here - he's stuck in post 11. Dennis Carr rides.

Another of note is Native Approval. A John F. Martin trainee, Native Approval pressed the pace in a similar spot on the Santa Rosa turf July 31 and kept on well to be third. He's been knocking on the door in recent months and may be ready to break through. David Lopez has the mount.