On Monday, Craig Family Trust racing manager Ted Aroney hosted a gathering
on the beach that was mostly tribute and partly roast for trainer Jerry
Hollendorfer, who will be inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame on August 12 at
Trainer John Sadler was one of the speakers.
“It’s a black eye for racing that he was not in there earlier,” Sadler said.
“The knock has been that he did it all on the San Francisco circuit, but you
look at his numbers and horses like Lite Light, King Glorious and now Blind
Luck and there’s no question he belongs.”
Sadler has known Hollendorfer for more than 30 years going back to the late
1970s when they both had a handful of horses and were racing on the Northern
California circuit. At the gathering, Sadler presented a couple of observations
“He’s bought more Hip No. 1 (first in the sales ring) horses than any other
trainer,” Sadler said. “Why? Because he doesn’t want to get shut out. And also
because he’s very competitive, has done his homework and knows what he’s
“He’s also claimed a lot of horses from the last race on December 24, or
whatever the date is before the Christmas break. Others might want to take off
early, but he’s always kept on working to the end.”
At the event, Sadler opined that the two greatest athletes produced in
Akron, Ohio were Hollendorfer and NBA superstar LeBron James.
“Jerry says he’s smarter than LeBron because he was able to get out of there
sooner than LeBron was,” Sadler said.
‘WIN AND IN’ OPPORTUNITIES
IN COUGAR II AND SAN DIEGO
Automatic starting positions into Breeders’ Cup World Championship races
await the winners of Friday’s Grade III Cougar II Handicap and Saturday’s Grade
II San Diego Handicap through the Breeders’ Cup Challenge series.
The Breeders’ Cup Challenge is a global series of 68 stakes races whose
winners receive automatic starting positions into a corresponding race of the
Breeders’ Cup World Championships, to be held November 4-5 at Churchill Downs
The Cougar II, to be run at 1 ½ miles for 3-year-olds and up, is the third
automatic qualifier this year for a spot in the $500,000 Breeders’ Cup
Marathon, which will be run at 1 ¾ miles at Churchill Downs. The first two
Marathon qualifiers were Mr. Nedawi, who won the Clasico Belgarno in Argentina
in June and A.U. Miner, who captured the Greenwood Cup at Parx Racing on July
This year, Breeders’ Cup Limited has introduced new enhancements for
horsemen to the Challenge series. If the Cougar II winner is nominated to the
Breeders’ Cup program by October 24, Breeders’ Cup Ltd. will benefit the
winning stable by paying the $15,000 in entry fees into the Marathon and
provide a $10,000 travel allowance to Louisville for the Championships.
The San Diego Handicap, run at 1 1/16 miles for 3-year-olds and up, is a
“Win and You’re In” for the $1 million Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I). If the
San Diego winner is nominated to the Breeders’ Cup program by Oct. 24,
Breeders’ Cup Ltd. will pay for the $30,000 entry fees into the Dirt Mile and
provide the stable with a $10,000 travel allowance. Tizway, winner of the
Metropolitan Handicap (gr. I) at Belmont Park on May 30, was the first horse to
qualify for this year’s Dirt Mile.
“JIMMY THE HAT,” BOB IKE
WEEKEND HANDICAPPING GUESTS
Racetracker deluxe “Jimmy the Hat” and syndicated newspaper handicapper Bob
Ike will be Del Mar’s handicapping guests this weekend as the track continues
its ongoing program of free handicapping seminars in the Seaside Terrace area
near the head of the stretch.
“Jimmy the Hat” will be Saturday’s guest, while Ike will pick winners before
Sunday’s program. The seminars run from 12:45 to approximately 1:30.
“Jimmy the Hat” is, in fact, Jimmy Allard, who is known to racetrack
regulars on the Southern California circuit as the dapper gentleman who always
sports a snappy hat as part of his racetrack garb. He’ll become even better
known to many more this fall when HBO debuts its new racetrack series “Luck,”
which stars Dustin Hoffman and Nick Nolte. “Jimmy the Hat” will be part of the
cast of the highly anticipated show.
Ike, a longtime handicapper on the Southern California scene, has been
syndicated in more than a dozen newspapers over the years, and is again the
lead handicapper for the local San Diego Union Tribune. He also has
branched out recently into the world of syndicated horse ownership and heads a
group called Summit Racing that puts together horse partnerships. The group is
racing several horses at the current Del Mar meeting.