03/18/2014 12:49PM

Hollendorfer pleased with Shared Belief's progress

Shigeki Kikkawa
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Tuesday that Shared Belief will soon have his first workout since injuring his foot.

The problematic foot of Shared Belief is “almost to that perfect point,” and he could finally begin working soon, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said Tuesday on a national teleconference.

“I think you’ll see some works in the next couple of weeks,” Hollendorfer said.

Shared Belief was the champion 2-year-old male of last year, when he won all three of his starts, including the CashCall Futurity. But a foot injury has kept him from serious training for the past couple of months and forced him out of the Triple Crown.

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“It started out as an abscess, came out of his heel, and then as we went on some sand worked its way down in there and it got undermined a little,” Hollendorfer said. “We patched it, but that didn’t work so well, and we had to take it off.

“Sometimes with feet it’s a long and drawn-out process. If you don’t have patience, you’re going to lose a lot more time.”

Shared Belief had been based earlier this year at Santa Anita, but was then sent to Golden Gate Fields. Hollendorfer said one of the reasons Shared Belief is at Golden Gate is because he wanted his wife, Janet, who assists him at Golden Gate, “to work on that foot.”

Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Okay , its plain and simple to figure this out. SB is 1 nice horse that any owner or trainer would want. The Kentucky Derby is not the most important thing here, the horse is. SB is a nice 3yo. Keep him that way. If his injury was a scratch, put a bandage on it and go, its not, its 1 of his 4 feet , one he stands on, jogs on, gallops on, breezes on, runs on. Let it heal and grow back the right way. There are still other 3 yo races after the Derby. To miss the Derby with a horse like SB yes is a bummer but the horse is still there every morning to work on. Get him 100% , he is the horse to beat, 99 % , he,s not ready.....
Thomas s More than 1 year ago
From studying the other contenders, Shared Belief is the strongest of the group. If he runs the only question mark is distance. He has absolutely buried some nice colts and I have yet to see any other contender finish like he can. Hope he can run in May.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
I can't believe people keep saying and hoping for this. He is not running in the Kentucky Derby.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
I think a good amount of the people holding out hope have future bets on Shared Belief.The fact he is a gelding makes it more doubtful.Preakness would be more likely
B More than 1 year ago
I don't think he will run in any of the TC races and I hope I am correct.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The only things Hollendorfer has made explicitly clear right from the beginning and has not deviated is this: The media put Shared Belief on the Derby Trail; the media then "officially" removed Shared Belief from the Derby Trail. Last but not least is this - If Hollendorfer goes to the Derby, the horse is the one that will take him there. As for the speculations and opinions of the armchair trainers and vets, here's one more cold fact straight from the horse's mouth - The previously injured foot is “almost to that perfect point". Those who know Hollendorfer understand what that means. Shared Belief is 99.9% as sound as a dollar. Will Hollendorfer continue to do the right thing by the horse, of course he will. All that remains is for Shared Belief to start flashing his brilliance again on the track and it COULD very well happen that he finds himself in the starting gate on May 3rd. He WILL be the one to take his connections to Kentucky. End of story!
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
If you have so much respect for Hollendorfer, then why do you think he's lying when he says he's out for the Derby.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Has nothing to do with "so much" respect. The article a week ago said "Asked on Thursday if Shared Belief would miss the Triple Crown, Hollendorfer said. “I think so." I do not hear a definite "NO" in there, do you? This answer was based on the horse's condition AT THAT TIME. After saying We’re trying to make a long-range goal", he followed with "We’re not ready to do that right now. We want to get a few works into the horse and decide." Again, not a definite "NO", but still consistent with what he has been saying all along, if he goes the horse will take him there. If Shared Belief's condition dramatically improves and all systems are go, there is no reason to believe that his connections will prefer to keep him in the barn on Derby Day. I never said he was a definite starter. Just that he is not definitely out.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Well I hate to give you the bad news, but you must have missed the article elsewhere that said he is confirmed off the Derby trail. Hollendorfer confirmed he will not contest the Blue Grass April 12. He has not worked since Jan 3. "We'll get him ready to run later on, if he stays good" Hollendorfer said. So if you think he will run him off of a few works, for the first time on dirt, at a mile and a quarter in a 20 horse field, then hope and insanity springs eternal. He is definitely out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't miss anything. Unlike you I just paid more attention to what Hollendorfer was saying rather than the speculative reporting. Yes he did say "We'll get him ready to run later on, if he stays good," When is "later on" Ed? And where did HE say he would not go in the Bluegrass? This was his comment a week before Shared Belief's foot was “almost to that perfect point". You must have missed this part in the beginning of the article. - "Right now I don't have a good update for you, we're working with the horse up here and as soon as he's ready to run, we'll run him." Check back next week for a better update after his work. "He is definitely out." is YOUR armchair opinion. If hope and insanity springs eternal, it is only from the perspective of ignorance being bliss.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Get a grip. There is far more and better reporting elsewhere than just here. Go look at the article from, I can't say it or it will be deleted, bl ood horse dot com. What I said is a quote from Hollendorfer, saying he is confirmed out of the Blue grass. That is not MY opinion as you say and want to put in caps. It is what Hollendorfer said. So before you call someone names like a child and attempt to disparage their intelligence, you should know what you are talking about. So as I said, you really think he'll run in the Derby off a few works? And you're calling me names? Hysterical.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
LOL...you call me insane and you're foaming at the mouth because I call you ignorant???...Now THAT"S childish!! If you can't take it...don't dish it out.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
I'll give you a hundred to one he is out of the Derby and it will be the easiest dollar I ever made.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That's you're problem. You insist I'm making a factual statement when I am not. All I've ever said is that the slight possibility exists that the horse might make it to the Derby. You insist that it was written by the finger of God that he definitely will not. In that case you really should not offer me 100-1 odds, but demand that I be strung up for even suggesting such a thing.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
Oh, and after you go check out that article I quoted from, you can first apologize, then go tear up those future bet tickets. If you think he's going to the Derby on a couple of work outs, you are dumber than the dirt, or in this case the artificial surface he runs on.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did read Novak's article A**hole! That is what I QUOTED from. You do know what a "quote" is, right? There is no quotation from Hollendorfer saying he would not run in the Bluegrass. Since I'm so dumb, please copy and paste his quote for me. However, if you would like to make one up and send it to me I'd be happy to read it if it will amuse your decrepid mind. Sorry god, you are a fool. I have no future tickets. But I guess ASSuming things is what you do best, isn't it!! Do remember to let Hollendorfer & co. they're not allowed to change his mind about the Bluegrass- IF he did in fact say so. Because god (YOU) has spoken!
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
PS: When someone is quoted from an interview, it is not speculative reporting. When someone quotes from that interview it is not a perspective of ignorance being bliss. The only blissful ignorance is you still believing he'll run in the face of Hollendorfer saying he won't. Tear up those tickets already.
Mr. Ed More than 1 year ago
You call me ignorant yet I have to explain that to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Moron,...Do some research on Hollendorfer's opinion on media reporting. You will learn something. You will know why he is so tight-lipped with them. You're a shining example of why he despises them!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
>>"You call me ignorant yet I have to explain that to you." Don't flatter yourself... You're not as smart as you think!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
P.S. - When someone quotes something that was never quoted - that's just plain stupidity!
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
In other news, it seems California Chrome took quite a bit of time recovering from his last race. We'll see how that translates into the Santa Anita Derby.
Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Take your time with this one! He going to be a awesome racehorse
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He IS an awesome racehorse!!!..:)
noalaistoday More than 1 year ago
I am flabbergasted that anyone commenting on this site questions Jerry Hollendorfer. Enough said!!!
Greg More than 1 year ago
Starting to wonder about Hollendorfer, his barn is cold except for last wk end.
TheRaiderFan More than 1 year ago
Jerry Hollendorfer is currently tied with Baffert at 28 for most wins during the Santa Anita meet, and has a 16 win lead on 2nd place at the top of the trainer standings at Golden Gate Fields.
Greg More than 1 year ago
We patched it ?? what kind of crap is that! Get the horse on the track
Lawrence Redding More than 1 year ago
greg , that comment paints you as a racing ignoramus who doesn't know a fetlock from a stifle.
Sir Barton the First More than 1 year ago
Peter Pan then Belmont. If not skip the whole Tc and Stay out west, Santa Anita is running the gold cup.
Ray Sousa More than 1 year ago
This is a hoof crack that just needed a better track than santa anita to heal...theres still 46 days to the derby.BIG BROWN had similar foot issues and was able to win the derby and the preakness.if holendorfer choose to he could easily get 2 solid works and one race into this horse before the derby the best route would be to get a work in at golden gate then ship to keenland get one more work in. so 2 works by april 3rd then get a race in him in the BLUEGRASS april 12th and he could get points to qualify by finishing 2nd 3rd. he doesn't even have to win ,there's also the COOLMORE LEXINGTON stks april 19..he could run there as well.being at keenland on polytrack is hoof would have more time to heal.and he would have 2 weeks to the derby to train before shipping to churchill also is a clay based track much easier on a hoof than santa anitas sandy track.i know its a stretch but its doable and the spacing between works and racing would be close to normal.this horse has a foundation as a 2yo and ia dual qualifier on dosage besides there's only one kentucky derby its usually a once in a lifetime opportunity for the owners and this horse as the talent its not like he has a iffy tendon or knee problems he can gallop on a synthetic track.
Charles Williams More than 1 year ago
Why rush when he could make the Preakness which a much easier pace scenario for his pace style...The Preakness usually a winner with front controlling speed or just of the pace type...Both of these is how he runs...Then they could go to the Belmont with that race as a tightener. Then again the style would easily fit the Belmont..The Derby is more frequently won by mid to late closers..Avoiding the Derby would save a lot of horse for the rest of the year.
John Cossette More than 1 year ago
Yes, by all means. Sacrifice everything to run a GELDING who is not fit, has an injured foot, and hasn't yet raced this year (or worked for months) in the Derby, on a surface on which he's never run, at by far the longest distance of his career, potentially resulting in a career-threatening soft-tissue injury as he staggers down the stretch. Are you serious with this comment, or trolling?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have quite an imagination. You set the scenario as though it was given fact. No one said anything about running an unfit or injured racehorse. Read the article. Hollendorfer said the foot is “almost to that perfect point". Besides that, likely 19 of the 20 that make it to Churchill will have never set foot on the track before. And none have run that far.
Horse Cents More than 1 year ago
Ray, calm down and get a grip. Your future bet is gone. The only thing you said that makes sense is the first sentence, the rest isn't going to happen other than he might be staying on synthetic.