Updated on 09/03/2011 10:28PM

Hollendorfer gets win No. 6,000 at Golden Gate Fields

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Barbara D. Livingston
Jerry Hollendorfer, at his Hall of Fame induction, became the fourth Thoroughbred trainer to win 6,000 races.

DEL MAR, Calif. - Jerry Hollendorfer became only the fourth Thoroughbred trainer to win 6,000 races when Just Tappin It won the sixth race on Saturday at Golden Gate Fields, a $4,000 claiming race.

Hollendorfer watched the race at Del Mar, where he had several horses entered Saturday.

But he got number 6,000 in the Bay Area, where Hollendorfer led the standings for 22 straight years. And he did it in concert with jockey Russell Baze, with whom Hollendorfer has won more than 2,700 races.

"That makes it a little more special," said Hollendorfer, who last month was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

"I'm really happy I got to do it for him,"  Baze said. "Jerry's been awfully good to me."

Befitting his personality, Hollendorfer took the milestone victory in stride. Asked if he felt any different after 6,000 wins rather than 5,999, he said, "No, not really."

But he added, "Of course to do it is a great accomplishment, and I feel very blessed, very honored, to have had the opportunity to win 6,000 races."

Only Dale Baird, King Leatherbury, and Jack Van Berg have won more races.

"I think I have some good years left in me and I'd like to keep training and work as long as I can," said Hollendorfer, whose wife, Janet, oversees his Bay Area runners. "I'd like to keep going if I can keep my health and try to keep winning races. If I could ever make 7,000 I guess I'd be very happy about that, but I'm just going to do what I can do and work every day. We spend a lot of time at the racetrack, but it's because we like it and we like the horses."