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Shared Belief Dazzles in Return

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Photo: Don August


The long awaited three-year-old debut of Shared Belief at Golden Gate Fields on Monday was supposed to be a test against a quality field of older horses, but as soon as the gates opened and the champion two-year-old Eclipse Award winner broke away from the gate, it turned it into a glorified workout.

The unbeaten gelding led at every call, pulling away down the stretch for an easy 4 1/2 length win over the Tapeta surface, traveling the six furlongs in  1:09.78.

Anyone who wondered if he was completely recovered from the foot issues that sidelined him since the Cash Call Futurity last December, put those thoughts to rest as he crossed the line under a tight hold by jockey Russell Baze.

"This horse is very intelligent and easy to ride, " Baze said. " He has real good tactical speed you can put him anywhere. In the mornings he is very lackadaisical, very laid back, it's surprising he shows this kind of speed in the afternoons. I had a lot more horse left at the end. I told Jerry if Corey (Nakatani) has anything else to ride that I'm available."

Jerry Hollendorfer had two horses in the race, with Moonshine Bay expected to be the pace setter. But when he didn't show his customary early foot, Baze went on with it.

"I didn't want this horse on the lead, I don't expect he will run like that, but when Moonshine Bay didn't go, Russell did what he had to do, " Hollendorfer said. "He's a good horse, (Hollendorfer continued about Shared Belief), he just had an unfortunate turn of events earlier in the year. Our plan was to get this horse running and do something in the middle and end of the year so if we can do real well at the end of the year we will be just as happy as if he would have done something in the beginning."

Shared Belief went off the 1/5 favorite and paid $2.40 on the win.

Hollendorfer had three wins on the afternoon, also supplying the top two finishers in the sixth and seventh races. The seventh was the $100,000 All American Stakes and he ran 1-2 with Summer Hit just beating Longview Drive. 




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depends upon the inherent nature of the normal running style of the horse. SOme stretch out beautifully and will TELL You they can the way they sprint.
If he stays healthy, I believe he is the best horse in America! bar none
Is Shared Belief going to run in the Los Al Derby, and if he is, is he going to prep in a certain race or just wait for Los Al, because going from 6f to 1 1/8 is a tall order for a horse with one race in 7 months
once again, i apparently fueled some kind of fire waiting to envelop in flames...GO WICKED STRONG!
Can't we all just get along?
Easier said than done Coyne. That would require everyone to be on the same page regarding respect and consideration for others. That is not the case with some. As you can see, one has openly admitted that friendship overides respect.
La Verdad is the wild card. Very fast sprinter who will be winging it. If no late scratches,there is enough speed in the race to keep her honest,wheras she can't back down the pace. Macha is a come from behind horse and should set up nicely for her. Doubt that Hollie would be shipping all the way here if he did not think she would fire. Joel up sure never hurts any horse.
Interesting race for Macha, tmallios. Dropping down from facing the big girls, third start on dirt, which she may like better than turf. Who is the one to beat, Sunny Desert? the 5 is quitea nice sprinter. maybe no one goes with her early?
Thanks for the closure Jill. Hope you get the help you NEED !
Looks like Macha {irony} is in over her head, Blabs.
SlewCrew, your pathetic , scums like you shouldn't be on this site, I'm sticking up for my friend, I don't care what the topic is, you can't tell me what to do, and I'll say whatever I want, so this conversation is over
Meant Macha
such a wimp, Mary on something you may be interested in. Your Boy Hollendorfer is shipping Mocha(NYS bred) into Belmont Sat. for a Stake.
So tell me Mary, Im'sure no one here is interested in reading all this garbage. Tell me if what you and jbyrnes are standing up for and we will end this here. Is it in defense of a friend regardless of right or wrong? Or are you saying that it is OK to bash and ridicule the comments of others on this site? Since you do not "love words" like me, a simple blah blah blah answer will do.
  • Junebug719 · dear Slew,, there has always been lots of badmouthing and bashing on this site.. They are not JUST picking on you. It is a habit here · 1244 days ago
jbyrnes - this is my problem with you. You are oblivious to what this is all about. So... you three are intelligent and entitled to your opinion, but no one else is? And if they do post something, it must meet with your self-perceived intelligence or be bashed?? mallios, I agree with you. Using your name is a sign of non-intellect. But these conversations are so unbelievably retarded I don't think it matters much.
I have been waiting to see Shared Belief. He is what I thought he was. Great but only time will tell. I am so sorry that he did not make the Derby and Preakness. Think he and CC would have put on a great show!
j, sorry, I would rather just leave this Shared Belief fan alone. I don't know if it is the heat or the gin with some posters, but I'm done fighting for the moment. Muchos giggles for the past few days, but time to get back to work.
J my amazement in his last post is that he or she(based on what Marsid)actually had the intellect to complete a post without using my name in it.
Leave Mary Z alone, she has her own opinion and is entitled to it, she's a very intelligent person u know

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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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