10/07/2014 1:25PM

Shared Belief back on work tab


Shared Belief, the ante-post favorite for the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Nov. 1 at Santa Anita, worked a half-mile in 50.80 seconds on Tuesday morning at Golden Gate Fields, his first drill since overcoming an eventful trip to capture the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita on Sept. 27.

Russell Baze, the Hall of Fame jockey, was aboard for the drill for Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer. Hollendorfer said everything went as planned with the work, and he would work Shared Belief weekly between now and his return to Santa Anita the week of the Breeders’ Cup.

“I’ve had him on that kind of a schedule and it’s worked,” Hollendorfer said.

Shared Belief has trained on the synthetic Tapeta surface at Golden Gate since the spring, when foot issues forced him to the sidelines. Since returning to action early this summer, Shared Belief has made three trips to Southern California, winning races at Los Alamitos, Del Mar, and Santa Anita. After each race, he has headed back up to Golden Gate.

Shared Belief has won all seven of his starts. Should he capture the Breeders’ Cup Classic – which would mark his third Grade 1 win of the year, all against older horses – he would be the leading candidate for both Horse of the Year and champion 3-year-old male.

To do so, though, he will have to outrun a field that could number as many as the maximum of 14, and is scheduled to include such outstanding 3-year-olds as California Chrome, Bayern, and Tonalist.

As of Tuesday, at least 14 horses were under consideration for the BC Classic, including Big Cazanova, Candy Boy, Cigar Street, Footbridge, Imperative, Majestic Harbor, Moreno, Tapiture, Toast of New York, and Zivo.

If Shared Belief wins the Classic, in addition to the first prize from the race itself, he would win an additional $1 million bonus for sweeping the Los Alamitos Derby, Pacific Classic at Del Mar, and BC Classic. That bonus, the Bolton Challenge, was set up this year by Los Alamitos.


jon g More than 1 year ago
I hope Moreno scratches as I have a futures bet on Bayern at 47-1.
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
wow! good luck. when Bayern gets away with easy splits early, he's a monster late.
jon g More than 1 year ago
Worse group of older horses ever to run in Classic.
wolfgirl1 More than 1 year ago
Argh I agree awful year for older males..look at the line up!
Joe Rockhold More than 1 year ago
Problem is there's no decent older horses anymore. A 3 year old will win it this year, though not sure if it'll be Tonalist or Shared Belief.
mike More than 1 year ago
All you do is tear something down.
L. More than 1 year ago
No, I think 1999 takes the cake. And if Skip Away had not been in the 1997 edition, that one would have taken the cake.
Jeffrey More than 1 year ago
I think this Classic will be a good one. If all the ones show up that are supposed to I'am looking for a great race. Nice mix of speed and late runners. Jeff
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
None of the older horses listed as considering will strike fear in anyone's heart. Moreno ensures a lively pace, Majestic Harbor has one awesome race this year on the SA track, Zivo is in good form now - and Shared Belief will be a short price against these. If Bayern and Moreno both run the pace could be extra lively for Shared Belief (or California Chrome) to win he will need to be able to relax early. I have seen him do it (C. Chrome too) and in the Awesome Again he was up on the pace early in a way that would not be helpful against these. I am not 100% sure that SB likes the Santa Anita main track (compared to Del Mar) and it still may not make a bit of difference. SB relaxes, saves ground and moves on the turn and he could win easily by open lengths at even money - and C. Chrome will definitely offer more value if he goes off in the 8-1 to 10-1 range that I am imagining.
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
California Chrome is a very popular horse, 5-1 post time
tommy More than 1 year ago
Well he almost won the tripple crown while shared belief ran against donkeys. Shared belief was too scared to ship to the travers because the competition was fierce. I'm not even betting shared belief in the exacta, pick 3 ,4,5,6. I may put shared belief 4th and that's pushing it.
Jaime Dubyna More than 1 year ago
I guess those two Grade 1's against older horses mean zilch?
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
I think Shared Belief lays over this modest field. And as we all know things can go wrong. The essential competition is the other 3 year olds. The older horses are might hit the board in the minor slots.
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
Why would he ship to the Travers?.He has bigger fish to fry(1 million dollar bonus that hes 2/3 the way to)A nice race but its not the Holy Grail.As a gelding ,he will be managed to maximize earnings not stud value.
Gerardo Helguera More than 1 year ago
2007 the BC Classic was built with top 3yos. Curlin, street sense and hard spun
wolfgirl1 More than 1 year ago
That was a golden year!
Frank Petro More than 1 year ago
Yep,they are going to fix a race with a $5 million purse with the winner getting $3 million so that they can cash double and pick 3 tickets.Not to mention the loss of stud fee values.You surely are an idiot with no idea of horse racing logic.
Debbie Brooks More than 1 year ago
did anyone find out what really happened to Big Cazanova in the JGC. He looked like a sure winner out there and a mysterious ride to the wire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Frank. Wake up man. Horse races are fixed, the bigger the money, the more they are fixed. Its a business, not a game. Get ur head out of the sand.
tommy More than 1 year ago
This is their business not yours, not mine. Many races have been fixed in the past. Doug oneil saying it's not my problem the track didn't do the correct drug test , they could have scratched my horse and not let him race. The tracks were in on it and now had a fight with Doug so that's why they brought up this scandle. I say let everyone use the epo drug, hey already use Lasix, this way the best trainer can win. Also they should make it in order to get your trainers license, you need at least a bachelors to knock off all low life trainers
tommy More than 1 year ago
Shared belief has no chance and is the weakest in this field. The only favor they are doing is to run him will less pounds and allow the use of epo drug. But does the track want to pay him the extra million if he wins? Maybe the track will not let him win and allow another horse to use the epo drug. I believe this will be a fixed race as usually and not even play him on top or pick 3 or doubles. Based on a calculation stand point, zivo, tonalist, California chrome, Moreno rank higher than shared belief. I'm expecting a big pay day!
TomPHickey More than 1 year ago
Diane Hain More than 1 year ago
Bonuses like this are always covered by an insurance policy against paying out. That policy would have been purchased before the bonus was announced, entries taken. etc. Most likely the policy was written in such a way that if a horse won the first 2 an additional premium would be paid, but that would be the end of the obligation the track has. So if you want to liable someone by accusing them of fixing the race so as not to pay the bonus it's the insurance company that stands to lose not the track.
Philip Conforti More than 1 year ago
your a half-wit
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
Are you sure your name isnt Tommyboy?Go tip some cows.
Lefty More than 1 year ago
I also see that Honor Code is working out again. Although, I don't see him challenging Shared Belief or anyone of that ilk anytime soon. I am just glad that he is back and training again. I felt in some ways we got ripped off with all the injuries or sickness the current crop of three year olds this year!
mike More than 1 year ago
FYI,regarding "ripped off",get past yourself.
Lefty More than 1 year ago
Wait, what? Get pas what?
mike More than 1 year ago
Complaining about getting "ripped off".
Genna Brock More than 1 year ago
Have everyone forgotten how many older horse retirements we have had this year? There's the reason the three-year-olds are overpopulating the field.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
7 of the horses mentioned i believe are older horses
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
This is shaping up to be a pretty weak Classic. There will be more 3 yos in this than older horses put together. Kind of reminds me back at Lone Star Park hosting the 2003 B.C. when the 1.5 mile turf. Twelve 3 yos lined up with a 4 yo Powerscourt and a 5 yo in Better Talk Now. And we all know who won that. BTN should have been dq"d but the results stood. Maybe the connections of Wise Dan should cross enter in the Classic and see how it really shapes up come entry time. IMO that wont happen but you never know what could come about. Wise Dan, if he goes to the Mile Turf, Bayern puts a beating on all and every come the Classic .............
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
The two weakest were Cigar's beating an awful field and Deputy Commanders
L. More than 1 year ago
Cigar's 1995 Classic was hardly weak. He beat 7 GI winners and 2 G2 winners who were very established runners--with one rival who shouldn't have been there to begin with. The Classic this year won't even come close to comparing with that race. Now 1999, that year was a pathetic field--paid good though. I see this year's Classic doing the same.
Andy More than 1 year ago
Remember how head strong Cigar was once the gate opened and Bailey holding on for dear life in that '95 BCC mudder until he let the reins go.
L. More than 1 year ago
Incredible race. He was pent up the entire time and exploded when Jerry finally turned him loose. Never looked like anything but a winner that day.
riskit101 . More than 1 year ago
Bayern will be pushed too far by moreno if he enters. he will lose just like when he got pressed by tonalist and wicked strong...
L. More than 1 year ago
Don't forget Big Cazanova. He's also a speed freak. Could get a lively pace to set up for a long shot. I don't see any of the speed horses (Bayern, Moreno, or BC) in contention turning for home.
L. More than 1 year ago
Lone Star hosted in 2004, not 2003.