07/05/2014 9:28PM

Shared Belief much the best in Los Alamitos Derby

Benoit & Associates
Shared Belief, making his first start on dirt, remains unbeaten in five starts by taking the Los Alamitos Derby under Mike Smith

CYPRESS, Calif .- Shared Belief made winning a $500,000 race look easy in Saturday’s Grade 2 Los Alamitos Derby.

He also put to rest any questions about how he would handle dirt or perform over 1 1/8 miles.

Shared Belief, the champion 2-year-old male of 2013, was not fully extended by jockey Mike Smith to win his first stakes since the Grade 1 CashCall Futurity last December. The Los Alamitos Derby was Shared Belief’s second start of the year, preceded by a win in an allowance race over six furlongs against older horses at Golden Gate Fields in late May.

The win is likely to lead to a major stakes for Shared Belief in August, although trainer Jerry Hollendorfer was non-committal about plans immediately after the race.

In the Los Alamitos Derby, Shared Belief raced on dirt for the first time in his career. The win puts Shared Belief back in the national conversation for the 3-year-old division. Shared Belief missed more than two months of training earlier this year because of foot problems, which cost him a chance for an appearance in a Triple Crown race.

Ridden by Mike Smith, Shared Belief ($3.40) was timed in 1:47.01 and had an ideal trip in the Los Alamitos Derby.

 Can the Man, the winner of the Grade 3 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita on June 7, set the pace, closely tracked by Shared Belief. Smith said he waited until the end of the backstretch, when challenged by Candy Boy, to ask Shared Belief for a run.

“I waited until someone came to me on the outside and he did it awful quick,” Smith said of Shared Belief’s reaction.

Shared Belief took the lead on the turn and led by 2 1/2 lengths with a furlong remaining. Shared Belief won by 4 1/4 lengths over Candy Boy without late urging by Smith.

 “I wasn’t trying to make it look good,” he said. “I wanted to stay on.”

Smith said he knew right away that Shared Belief was comfortable on dirt, after four races on synthetic tracks.

“I knew 100 yards into the race that he would handle the dirt,” he said.

Hollendorfer said he felt a sense of relief after watching Shared Belief win.

“I was a little anxious to get this one of out of the way and see if he could handle dirt and go the mile and an eighth,” he said. “I thought I had him prepared and apparently he was because he won pretty much in hand.”

Tonito M., trained by Hollendorfer, finished third, followed by Friendswith K Mill, Can the Man, Top Fortitude, and Eddie’s First.

Shared Belief races for a partnership that includes television sports commentator Jim Rome, Hollendorfer, George Todaro, and Alex Solis II. By Candy Ride, Shared Belief is unbeaten in five starts and has earned $772,200.

The Los Alamitos Derby was Shared Belief’s third stakes win. He won the Grade 3 Hollywood Prevue over seven furlongs last November in his stakes debut.



Mark D More than 1 year ago
Because he is a gelding...he will be chasing $$$ and not necessarily G1's. With slots at all of these tracks...a horse can make a lot of $$$ beating weak competition.
Walter More than 1 year ago
Sounds like King Jerry is pointing him to the Pacific Classic at Dmr in August. Taking on his elders already. Gotta love Jerry, he rarely avoids competition. He is great for this game.
Scott More than 1 year ago
It's never an easy task beating older horses for a 3 year old, but how tough does this year's Classic look? Honestly, is there anyone to fear this year? Will Game On Dude be there and will there be another horse to press him on the lead? If GOD runs without a pace presser, then he'll be extremely tough to catch. However, with a presser, then this race could be even easier for Shared Belief than this one was.
Chris Enlaplaya More than 1 year ago
When will #horseracing fans be able to watch the video of #sharedBelief winning the los Alamitos race? I find it almost unbelievable that I still haven't been able to see a replay, and cannot find any reason why this is the case.
Samuel Pérez García More than 1 year ago
The race has been up for quite a while...
Walter More than 1 year ago
Try calracing web site
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She's a real nice filly
mark oleary More than 1 year ago
Yes, unfortunately he has inherited those fragile genes along with the fabulous running MF genes, especially those of his daddy, Candy Ride, still one of my all time favorite racehorses. The thing in Shared Belief's favor is that he is in the barn of the very patient Jerry Hollendorfer, who has a superb group of workers, ie. grooms, exercise people, etc. , and all are hand picked and guided by assistant trainer Danny Ward, who toiled for the great Bobby Frankel for years, back in the day when Bobby was training claimers, many of which he resurected into stakes horses. Then of course Frankel hit the big time when the Arabs came a calling. Make no mistake, Shared Belief will get the best attention of any racehorse on the grounds. He is in GOOD hands!
Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
I used to think the same thing about Hollendorfer but I don't know if I believe it as much anymore. Over the last few years he has stepped more and more into the big leagues with the Pletcher's and Baffert's etc. and along with that comes the pressures for results now and not later.
Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
Candy Ride only lasted 6 starts and Common Hope only had 5 one of which she DNF. Don't expect to see Shared Belief around for very long. I saw him Saturday at Los Al and he is one fragile looking racehorse. Wouldn't be surprised to see him win the Pacific Classic for a perfect 6 for 6 record and then be sidelined for good exactly like his father.
mike More than 1 year ago
Wow! Thinking a little neg are we?
Elizabeth More than 1 year ago
Negative but realistic. When people start talking crazy things like he is going to be the greatest ever and he is a gelding so he is going to race for years and years it just makes me play devil's advocate. It just is all extremely speculative and unlikely to happen. I don't have that optimism in me plus I like to see it proven on the track first before greatness is mentioned.
mike More than 1 year ago
Trust me,I don't feel he will be the greatest ever,but if he can stay healthy he has a bright future.
Billy Spathanas More than 1 year ago
Did Jerry mention a Major Stake in August ? Maybe he is thinking Saratoga ? Maybe the Travers ? Wouldn't that be nice .........
FESTUS ELROY More than 1 year ago
Pacific Classic against older
russell More than 1 year ago
When he faces Palice Malice i will be impressed. Los Al Derby? Youre kidding me right?
Scott More than 1 year ago
Come on Russell! - This was Shared Belief's 2nd race coming off an injury and you want him to take on the top horse running right now. Go check your Horse Racing History just to get an idea how often 3 year olds actually win against the top older horses. The other thing is how often do they even take them on this early in their season. Some of these horses are still maturing. Remember Will Take Charge was no where near the top 3 year old at this time last year. He was just barely figuring things out. Another point is that Shared Belief had never run on dirt and even though we'd like the cushion and synthetic surfaces to run the same as dirt - they definitely do not! What's wrong with running in a $500,000 race to figure out whether or not your horse can handle a particular surface?
mike More than 1 year ago
No,you must be kidding. Has he raced all year?
Jackson Jackson More than 1 year ago
Yep , the Los Al Derby . The race Seattle Slew got beat by 15 lengths in :)
Hail No More than 1 year ago
Smart a**, how dare you diss Baby Huey :) SB, is a different beast than CC though, barely twitched an ear, as if ignoring who was on his back, as if it mattered. If he can run a distance, he look's scary good, he look's like he's running to parts unknown.
bill_94710 More than 1 year ago
Well has Cali Chrome beaten Palice Malice? Just admit that both horses are really special...SMH Also SB looks alot like his freakish dad Candy Ride.
mike More than 1 year ago
Please! When has he had the chance to face PM?
braillecat More than 1 year ago
Yes the $500,00 Los Alamitos Derby( run in beautiful SO CAL and LosAl is a very nice track ) but who cares about impressing you since u r only kidding yourself it was an impressive race don't dismiss what u obviously don't understand and i bet u live on the east coast too
mike More than 1 year ago
Yeah probably lives on east coast where it snows eighty per cent of year. lol
tim More than 1 year ago
What a dumb meet this Los Alamitos is.
Dick Brasher More than 1 year ago
Finally,a comment that makes sense.Thank you Russell!Who did he beat?A way back finisher in the KY derby,and allowance horses.....at 4--5,he should have won easily.Wait until a real horse faces him,and of course,since he is in Butcher Hollendorfers barn,he will be broken down soon.
mike More than 1 year ago
mike More than 1 year ago
Individuals that lack understanding and unable to think outside of the box will always whine with the tired line "he/she didn't beat much". SB has been laid up, so considering his first race on dirt and how easy he won, without breaking a sweat he did ok. Some really need to get dialed in regarding dynamics of racing,seriously!
Walter More than 1 year ago
And add the factor of running the longest distance of his career off a 6f prep. Outstanding!
RandomNameMeToo More than 1 year ago
Well, he DIDN'T beat much. He did it nicely, but that makes it hard to assess how he'll do going forward.
mike More than 1 year ago
Ok,so maybe you wouldn't whine if he faced PM yesterday,right?
Meydan Rocks More than 1 year ago
Nice to know the Gelding is all about the money and the bonus money! http://www.drf.com/news/premium/shared-belief-will-make-stakes-debut-pacific-classic
Andrew More than 1 year ago
yes sir thats right