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Longview Drive All Set for Sham Stakes

In a figurative sense, Longview Drive is like a rolling stone. The 3-year-old son of Pulpit gathers no moss, at least not in his first five races. Each has been at a different race track, and the chestnut colt trained by Jerry Hollendorfer will continue on that path Saturday when he runs at Santa Anita in the Grade III, $100,000 Sham Stakes for 3-year-olds at one mile.


“He’s kind of a lazy work horse,” said Hollendorfer assistant Dan Ward after Longview Drive worked six furlongs over Santa Anita’s fast main track Monday in 1:12.60.


Longview Drive was second at Golden Gate Fields in his debut last June 11, won by five lengths at Pleasanton on June 26, won by 5 ½ at Santa Rosa on Aug. 14, won by 1 ¼ lengths at Fresno on Oct. 16, and was third in the Grade III Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs on Nov. 19 under Joel Rosario, who retains the mount in the Sham.


“It’s a bull ring,” Ward pointed out of the six furlong track in Louisiana. “You can’t expect to start the race in eighth place and pass the whole field in a short stretch. What surprised me was that he was back so far, because he’s been up close in his other races. He ran good, considering.”


Added Hollendorfer: “We wanted to keep him on dirt. That’s why he’s here.”


Hollendorfer, who was inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame this past August, is one of only five trainers in history with more than 6,000 career victories--an achievement that didn’t come by accident.


“Years ago I saw him winning all those races in Northern California,” said Santa Anita clocker Tom Mitchell, “and I realized why. It’s because he works hard. He’s at it 24/7, and he’s just as determined to win a $5,000 claiming race as he is a Grade I stakes. There’s a reason he does so well.”


Probable for the Sham: Baby Blake, no rider; Handsome Mike, Corey Nakatani; Hierro, Julien Leparoux; Hodge, no rider; Holy Candy, no rider; Longview Drive, Rosario; Out of Bounds, Garrett Gomez; and Secret Circle, Rafael Bejarano.

 

 

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