04/07/2013 7:02PM

Hollendorfer passes Leatherbury to rank fourth on all-time win list of trainers

Barbara D. Livingston
Jerry Hollendorfer's two wins on Sunday moved him into sole possession of fourth place on the all-time winningest trainers list.

ARCADIA, Calif.- Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer moved past King Leatherbury into sole possession of fourth place on the list of all-time winningest trainers on Sunday when Kate’s Event rallied from off the pace to win the eighth race at Santa Anita.

The 6-year-old Kate’s Event gave Hollendorfer the 6,376th win of his career. He added another an hour later when Our Cognac Kid won the ninth race at Golden Gate Fields.

Hollendorfer began the day tied with the Maryland-based Leatherbury with 6,375 wins. Leatherbury’s only entrant on Sunday was scratched at Pimlico. Hollendorfer was winless with his first five runners in California on Sunday, including four starters in the Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields, before Kate’s Event’s win.

Hollendorfer, 66, trained his stable at Betfair Hollywood Park on Sunday morning, and traveled to Golden Gate Fields for the afternoon races. He was in the Golden Gate paddock when Kate’s Event won, and said he was able to hear Santa Anita track announcer Trevor Denman’s call of the milestone race.

“I’m so happy to be doing what I enjoy – and to move up the ladder – and to be doing so well,” he said on Sunday.

Hollendorfer moved into a tie with the 80-year-old Leatherbury with a three-win day in California on Saturday, including a victory by Scarlet Strike in the Grade 3 Providencia Stakes at Santa Anita. Leatherbury had one win on Saturday at Pimlico.

Hollendorfer admitted earlier in the week that he was a “statistics watcher” and knew he was close to catching Leatherbury.  After Sunday’s racing, Hollendorfer trails the late Dale Baird, who won 9,445 races; and active trainers Steve Asmussen (6,422) and Jack Van Berg (6,417) on the all-time list.

Asmussen passed Van Berg for second on the all-time list on March 28 with a winner at Fair Grounds.

Hollendorfer, who was inducted into racing’s Hall of Fame in 2011, has been the leading trainer in the Bay Area for the last 25 years. Among his leading horses in recent years have been Blind Luck, the champion 3-year-old filly of 2010; Heatseeker, who won the 2008 Santa Anita Handicap; and Dakota Phone, the winner of the 2010 Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

The milestone win came at the end of a tough racing week for Hollendorfer. He announced last Thursday that Hear the Ghost, the winner of the Grade 2 San Felipe Stakes at Santa Anita on March 9, would miss the Santa Anita Derby on Saturday because of a knee injury. Hollendorfer said on Friday that he plans rest Hear the Ghost for four months.