Updated on 04/16/2014 9:21AM

Shared Belief has first work since Jan. 3

Shigeki Kikkawa
Shared Belief, who won the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity last year, worked Tuesday for the first time since Jan. 3.

Shared Belief, last year’s champion 2-year-old male who has been sidelined all year with foot problems, took his first step toward a return to action with a three-furlong work at Golden Gate Fields on Tuesday morning that trainer Jerry Hollendorfer timed in 38.40 seconds over the Tapeta surface.

The work was the first for Shared Belief since Jan. 3, when he worked five furlongs in 1:00.40 at Santa Anita. After that, Shared Belief had a foot issue that eventually became a quarter crack and forced him to be withdrawn from consideration for the Triple Crown. Hollendorfer sent him to Golden Gate, which has a synthetic surface and where his wife, Janet, is his assistant.

“He worked with Russell Baze up and went real nice,” Hollendorfer said by phone from Golden Gate on Tuesday. “I was very pleased with the work.”

Hollendorfer said he “felt kind of relieved.”

“He’s over the foot issues we had. Now we can get him pointed in the right direction,” Hollendorfer said. “Even though he missed quite a bit of training, I don’t feel like we missed that much time with him. If I can get several works into him, then we can start looking for a place to run.”

Hollendorfer said he was inclined to keep Shared Belief at Golden Gate because he has done so well there. He likened him to his stakes-class mare Halo Dolly, who regularly competes in Southern California but trains between starts at Golden Gate.

“Santa Anita hasn’t been bad for us,” said Hollendorfer, the leading trainer there this meet, “but some horses just do better here than there. Halo Dolly doesn’t train well at Santa Anita or Del Mar, and she didn’t at Hollywood Park. Shared Belief had trouble with his feet at Santa Anita, so he came here and got over that. Horses for courses.”

Shared Belief began his career at Golden Gate, where he beat maidens by seven lengths going six furlongs in his debut Oct. 19 when racing for his breeders, Pam and Marty Wygod. After that race, Shared Belief – a gelding by Candy Ride – was sold privately through bloodstock agent Alex Solis II to a partnership headed by sportscaster Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing LLC.

Shared Belief then came to Hollywood Park, where he won the seven-furlong Prevue, a Grade 3 race, by 7 3/4 lengths.

In his final start at age 2, Shared Belief won the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity by 5 3/4 lengths to secure the Eclipse Award for his division.