08/21/2014 8:31AM

Shared Belief gets outside post 11 for Pacific Classsic

Shigeki Kikkawa
Shared Belief was made the 5-2 favorite for the Pacific Classic.

DEL MAR, Calif. – Shared Belief has made his living as the outsider. He did not run in last year’s Breeders’ Cup, but it mattered not when he completed an unbeaten campaign with a runaway victory weeks later in the CashCall Futurity, propelling him to the Eclipse Award as champion male 2-year-old.

Shared Belief missed the Triple Crown this spring owing to foot problems, yet has come back so strongly in two starts this year that he is ranked as one of the top 3-year-olds in the country.

That standing could be further enhanced on Sunday, when Shared Belief faces elders – including defending race winner Game On Dude – in the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic over 1 1/4 miles at Del Mar. Appropriately, Shared Belief landed the outside stall in the field of 11 when posts were drawn on Wednesday night at the Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa in nearby Rancho Santa Fe.

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“It’s not ideal, but it’s not bad,” Jerry Hollendorfer, the trainer and a co-owner of Shared Belief, said of the post. “I’d rather be on the outside than on the inside.”

Shared Belief’s perfect 5-for-5 record, and the way he has crushed his rivals each time – every win by 4 1/4 lengths or more – convinced Del Mar linemaker Russell Hudak to make him the morning-line favorite at 5-2. Game On Dude is right behind at 3-1.

Shared Belief arrived at Del Mar on Wednesday afternoon after a nine-hour van ride from Golden Gate Fields, where he has trained over a Tapeta surface since being sidelined with foot problems earlier this year. Even though this will be the first start at Del Mar for Shared Belief, Hollendorfer believes training at Golden Gate and then racing at Del Mar will not be a problem.

Last month, Shared Belief utilized a similar schedule when he was sent by van to Southern California for the Los Alamitos Derby.

“You see the way he ran at Los Alamitos, or the way California Chrome ran in the Kentucky Derby after training at Los Alamitos,” Hollendorfer said. “You can train anywhere. We’ve done the right thing by the horse.”

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Hollendorfer did just that this spring, when the condition of Shared Belief overrode any temptation to try and get to the Kentucky Derby.

“We had no choice. We had to do it,” Hollendorfer said.

The time given to Shared Belief then is paying dividends now. But this will be his sternest test yet – first time going 1 1/4 miles, first time in a stakes race against older horses, first time at Del Mar, while facing a horse like Game On Dude, who, as he showed earlier in the year in the Santa Anita Handicap, still has some spark in those old legs.

Game On Dude drew post 5, just outside the longshot Ice Cream Truck, who is on the also-eligible list for the Del Mar Handicap on turf on Saturday. Irish Surf, who drew post 2 in the Pacific Classic, also is entered in the Del Mar Handicap, but he is expected to run in the Pacific Classic. If Irish Surf scratches from the Saturday race, that would allow Ice Cream Truck to get into the Del Mar Handicap.

George Pimentel More than 1 year ago
Irish Surf will be a good bet with that hot jockey riding...TRUJILLO.!!!
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Mystery train!!!
rahman Williams More than 1 year ago
Clubhouse Ride. 1st or second Shared Belief out of the money 9 with 3,5,8,10 box exacta
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
shared belief 3 yr old of the year /horse of the year crushes good horses today ( unlike CC beating CCurve and Ride on Curlin).....
jon g More than 1 year ago
4 maiden races out of the first 6,in what is supposed to be the marquee card of the meet.
Vince Lentini More than 1 year ago
u can only card for the horses u have on the backstretch..they may have had better races that simply didnt go
Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
It seems like Dude will get an easy lead and that makes him dangerous. SB ad FD will be close up. Maybe SB is good enough to confront the Dude and run home? Light on races and seasoning if he pulls this off it will be a wow performance. If SB confronts him too early I like MH right back - that last race was a monster and if he pairs up - he wins. And the price could be square, how about 5 or 6-1.
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
Thought both undercards for Travers and Classic came up weak.
Anne Baxter More than 1 year ago
According to Blood Horse, the owners of Chrome get a bonus just for showing up. These clueless batards either know Chrome has no great future or are making a huge mistake.
R. Carlos Nanez More than 1 year ago
I agree with you, if they run Chrome in the Pa. Derby, he will be done for the rest of the year. You just can't run a horse 1 1/8 with just three weeks preparation. I'm really surprised an old timer horseman like his trainer would do that with such a nice classic horse.
jon g More than 1 year ago
Pa derby is the right move.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Who is he going to face? There are no superstar 3yos out there. He should trounce the field and win the million purse that goes with it.
Pagani Zonda More than 1 year ago
Lukas did it with Will, and nobody complained. How about an EASY $600,000 plus the appearance fee, so make it $700,000 to show and run. They are no fools.
mike More than 1 year ago
Go soak your head!
mike More than 1 year ago
If they are clueless,that's the clueless I would want to be since they own a Derby/Preakness winner. Are you a mover and shaker in racing or just another bitter individual?
Robynrokn More than 1 year ago
Maybe it keeps Chrome on dirt, and better prepped for whatever BC race they try at SA, all going well.
Anne Baxter More than 1 year ago
Chrome headed or Pa. Derby?!!? Wow!?!? No Classic for him.
Ian GW More than 1 year ago
I get to see him 5 mins from Parx. Cant turn down 100k each to show up.
mike More than 1 year ago
Why do you say no Classic? He's running in the Classic. Give his connections credit,at least they didn't just sit at home.
mike More than 1 year ago
You're insane!
Marcelo Cassiodoro More than 1 year ago
mystery train easy
Lenny Mamola More than 1 year ago
I have to give "The Dude" one more chance in a field like this..If he has gone back a step then so be it he has done it all and will be remembered...