Hollendorfer's Who's Out morning line favorite in Shared Belief Stakes

Hollendorfer's Who's Out morning line favorite in Shared Belief Stakes
Photo: Kazushi Ishida/Eclipse Sportswire

Jerry Hollendorfer trained and was part owner of Shared Belief.
 
The Hall of Fame conditioner charted a campaign in which the son of Candy Ride, bred by Pam and Marty Wygod of Rancho Santa Fe, won the first seven starts of his career, five of them graded stakes and three of those being Grade I events.
 
Hollendorfer oversaw a three-race 2013 season that garnered the Eclipse Award as the top 2-year-old male and four straight wins in 2014, among them the $1 million TVG Pacific Classic. A nightmare trip in the Breeders’ Cup Classic resulted in a fourth place finish that ended the perfect career start, but he came back to win three straight stakes from late December of 2014 to March of 2015, among them a victory over California Chrome in the San Antonio Invitational and a 4 ½-length triumph in the Santa Anita Handicap.
           
Tragedy struck twice after that. First with a leg injury in the Charles Town Classic that resulted in Shared Belief being vanned off the track and then, after months of rehabilitation, a bout of colic that took his life in December.
 
On Friday, what was for the past 41 years the El Cajon Stakes will be run for the first time as the Shared Belief Stakes.
 
“We wanted to honor Shared Belief, and felt that this was the best way to do it,” said Del Mar President and CEO Joe Harper.
 
And, as fate would have it, Hollendorfer has the 3-1 morning line favorite in Who’s Out.
              
“We’re happy that somebody wanted to name a race after Shared Belief,” Hollendorfer said Thursday morning at his stable here. “Who’s Out is doing real good right now. Been training very forwardly and this is the race we’ve pointed him to.”
 
Not because of the name change. Because the one-mile $100,000 event for 3-year-olds on the main track fits for both distance and timing for the Tale of Ekati colt who has two wins and two runner-up finishes from five career starts.
 
Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Shared Belief’s regular pilot, and owned by Hollendorfer and M Racing Group LLC, Who’s Out finished second here in a 7-furlong sprint on July 30 breaking from the unfavorable rail post in a field of seven. He’s drawn the No. 9 in a field of 11 for the Shared Belief.
 
Hollendorfer also trains Taman Guard, the 4-1 morning line third choice, behind John Sadler’s 7-2  Accelerate, who broke his maiden by 8 ¾ lengths here on July 28.
 
“He broke his maiden impressively, so we’re skipping a condition and trying a stakes,” Sadler said. “I’m a little bit concerned about the post (No. 10) but we’re probably going to try it.”
 
Trainer Craig Lewis has Knight of Drama (6-1), a $50,000 claim at Santa Anita in July who won an allowance mile here two weeks ago by 5 ¼ lengths.
 
“Whenever they win with authority like that, it’s very encouraging and you never know what they can do until you try,” Lewis said. “We had another race in mind for him when we came here, but he got sick and missed it. Thankfully he recovered and we thought it might be interesting to stretch him out (from 5 ½ furlongs to a mile) and it worked out.”

Source: Del Mar Thoroughbred Club

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