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Hollendorfer Finally Gets His Day and More from the Bay

As you may know already, Jerry Hollendorfer was elected to the National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame over a month ago, and Friday, he was in New York to accept his honor.

Hollendorfer has long deserved this honor and will be a great inductee to represent Northern California.
The hottest sprinters in Northern California lined up in a couple of $50,000 stakes races last weekend at the Sonoma County Fair. While things looked good for both City Route and Ain’t No Other going into their races, not everything looked as promising coming out.

City Route, the undefeated two-year-old from the Jerry Hollendorfer barn was looking to win her fourth race in as many starts. In fact the speedy fillie had never yet trailed in any of her three wins. But when the gates opened in the Wine County Debutante Stakes, she came out sideways and broke slowly putting her fourth in the field of five and she never recovered.

The race was won by Power of Nine, the longest shot on the board at 9-1 for trainer Lloyd Mason and jockey Abel Cedillo. The favorite checked in a well beaten fourth, 6 ¼ behind the winner. This was to be a solid test for City Route as Hollendorfer had planned to look for races down south for her with a good performance. Now we will have to wait and see what is in store for her.

A few hours later, the Steve Miyadi trained Ain’t No Other took his favoritism to the gate in the Jess Jackson Owners Handicap. He was looking for his second straight stakes win and seventh win in nine starts.

His hopes lasted longer than did those of City Route as under jockey Juan Hernandez, Ain’t No Other took the lead early and maintained a one length lead in mid stretch when he veered out and impeded the path of Starboardlights. The inquiry sign went right up and the favorite, despite finishing almost two lengths in front, was disqualified and placed third.

The beneficiary of the DQ was the Steve Sherman trained Goggles McCoy, who outran his 10-1 odds to finish second. While the result was disappointing to the connections of Ain’t No Other, they were rewarding to those of Goggles. First off, the win gave jockey Cedillo his second stakes win of the day. Secondly, it gave Sherman a boost on a horse that had regressed off of a few outstanding early races.

“We got a gift from the stewards, we were going to run second no matter what in my opinion,” Sherman said “ But we were training him to run from just off the pace, so it was nice to him run down the lane instead of giving up. My exercise riders (Miguel Delgado and Reed Saldana) did a terrific job teaching him to relax. They deserve a lot of the credit.”

Despite the DQ, Ain’t No Other continues to show he is one of the top sprinters in Northern California.
GGF Readies for Summer Meet

This Friday begins the 22 day summer meet at Golden Gate Fields. It will run August 19th thru Oct. 2nd and will have a few changes in an experimental look.

First, they will run only a four day week (Thursday-Sunday) in an attempt to get bigger fields. Also, they will not host any stakes races, instead trying to make purses in more races bigger.

From an entertainment prospective, the meet will host he Wiener National dog races on Saturday, August 20th, a record 12 bands are scheduled to perform in the Summer Concert Series through out the meet and the Food Truck Festival will feature a host of gourmet food trucks that will line the track for the fans to eat from, for four consecutive Saturdays beginning August 27th.


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I didn't get a chance to see his acceptance but heard it was a little emotional because of his wife being sick.
Well deserved for Hollendorfer ... Blind Luck may have pushed him over the top, but he has been a top trainer for a long time.

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Meet Don August

I have been involved in horse racing, from a fan to sportswriter, for the past 30 years. The first time my dad took me to the track, I picked a horse named "Black Tornado" and when he won, I was hooked.  From then on, I spent weekends and occasional school days at the race track, and my enjoyment of the sport led me to try my hand at being a jockey agent, which i did for 3 years. When that didn't work out as I had hoped, I concentrated on my writing career by covering big races and doing summer fair handicapping, off and on, for the Contra Costa Times.

Today, I stay involved in the sport by being part of a group that currently owns two horses stabled at Golden Gate Fields. As all owners, we have dreams of someday having that special horse.  Besides writing about horse racing I enjoy covering many sports and have had the honor of meeting and writing about some incredible athletes.

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