Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Report from Tom Ferrall at GOLDEN GATE FIELDS:
ALBANY, Calif. –Shared Belief, in his longest workout leading up to the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, drilled six furlongs in 1:14 2/5 handily on Golden Gate Fields’ Tapeta racing surface Tuesday.
Shared Belief will be the favorite in the Grade 1 Classic, the main event of the two-day Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held Friday, Oct. 31, and Saturday, Nov. 1, at Santa Anita. A 1 1/4-mile test for 3-year-olds and up, the Classic is run on Saturday and will be televised live and in primetime on NBC (8-9 p.m. ET)
With jockey Russell Baze up for Tuesday’s work, Shared Belief recorded splits of 13 seconds flat, 25 2/5, 37 1/5, 49 3/5, and 1:02 3/5. Shared Belief galloped out seven furlongs in 1:27 2/5.
“The track is always dead on Tuesdays, so that’s a good time,” said Sherrie Wolfe, head clocker at Golden Gate Fields.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer had Shared Belief work in company with two other horses from his barn, Prodicious Facts and Hard to Please. Shared Belief spotted Prodicious Facts and Hard to Please a four-length head start, rallied inside of Prodicious Facts coming into the stretch and pulled away from his stablemates down the stretch.
“It was a great work,” said Hollendorfer. “We had him come up the rail today and we’re very pleased with how everything went.”
Hollendorfer said Shared Belief will have his final work for the Classic next Tuesday
(Oct. 28) at Golden Gate Fields and then ship to Santa Anita. “He’ll work a half-mile,” said Hollendorfer.
Undefeated in seven starts, Shared Belief is a 3-year-old son of Candy Ride who has five stakes victories – three of the Grade 1 variety – and $1,552,200 in earnings. The champion
2-year-old of 2013, Shared Belief is owned in partnership by Hollendorfer, Jungle Racing (Jim and Janet Rome), KMN Racing (Kevin and Kim Nish), Jason Litt, George Todaro, and Alex Solis II.