Updated on 04/23/2015 8:45AM

Shared Belief stumbles, pulled up, vanned off in Charles Town Classic

Nikki Sherman
Jerry Hollendorfer looks on as Shared Belief is loaded into an ambulance after stumbling in the Charles Town Classic.

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Shared Belief sustained  a stifle injury during the Charles Town Classic on Saturday and was pulled up six furlongs into the 1 1/8-mile race by jockey Mike Smith. He was then vanned back to his stall in the equine ambulance.

Shared Belief stumbled at the start of the Classic and dropped far back in the nine-horse field. After failing to respond to Smith's urging, Shared Belief was pulled up on the second turn of the three-turn race.

According to steward Danny Wright, West Virginia state veterinarian, Elizabeth Daniel told the stewards that "Shared Belief appears to have a stifle injury more than anything else. It doesn't appear life threatening or career ending. It is a soft tissue injury."

Smith described Shared Belief's race this way:

"The ground broke out from under him and he kind of slipped at the start. They left out of there really quickly, but he got up and he seemed all right. But going into the second turn he seemed to go off behind and I pulled him up.

"Hopefully, this is something that they can fix and he will be all right. He grabbed his right front, but that isn't the problem he was having. I just pray that he is going to be all right."

Jerry Hollendorfer  said he was too busy to talk when reached after the race.

Shared Belief, a winner of 10 of 11 starts and the top-ranked horse in North America, was the 1-5 favorite in the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic.

Although the Charles Town track appeared to be in good shape on Saturday, Shared Belief's injury was the second serious one on the card.

In the fifth race, Down Town Allen, an 8-year-old mare with more than $1 million in earnings, pulled a suspensory ligament and was pulled up in the $50,000 Original Gold Stakes. She is expected to undergo ankle surgery next week, according to trainer John A. Casey.

Downtown Allen had won 24 previous races at Charles Town.



Mary Oakley More than 1 year ago
Here is hoping Down Town Allen is OK. What an amazing mare!
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Eric Singer More than 1 year ago
Hollendorfer. The horse got injured. it was not the ride.
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Shawn Britton More than 1 year ago
Never cut on a injured racehorse
Walter More than 1 year ago
Anybody have a current update on the SB injury?
Steven Wolover More than 1 year ago
Jim Rome said he will be fine and may even race late this year
nancyb More than 1 year ago
Other sites are reporting that the nuclear scan showed a non-displace hip fracture. Stall rest and hand-walking at least 90 days.
Dick Brasher More than 1 year ago
The state vet from West Virgina said it was nothing more than a soft tissue injury,and now they say it is a fracture?????No wonder the state vet works at that tiny track,not a major one.
Danielle Roberts More than 1 year ago
Without the nucelar scan they sent him for no vet in the could have found that, I worked in an equine clinic for a number of years an x ray cant do that location well.
Wesley Smith More than 1 year ago
Shared Belief trains and as won on Tapeta at Golden Gate and on Poly track at Del Mar, both of which are about as different from dirt as you can get; so the horse is very versatile. Some of the comments I have read on this board sound like east coast whining and jealousy of where the top rated horses are from along with the last two derby winners being from California. Go stick you head a bucket of pxxx Also why should a horse go run in the snow and rain in the spring, winner, and fall when you can race in perfect weather in California. He was planning on going to Saratoga in the summer though.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
I doubt it.Why? Dorf would have ran in Pacific Classic at Del Mar.Why go all the way to upstate NY when there is a million Gr1 in your back yard.it would have lined up "again" with the Awesome Again and Breeders cup Classic. Wont happen now anyway.Hopefully ,he makes it back to the races.But I doubt he'll leave California again and 2016 BC is at Del Mar if things go right for him.
Mou Jalout More than 1 year ago
Would have loved to have seen him at Saratoga this year though.
Capo Capo More than 1 year ago
hell be fine for the Met Mile. Hopefully he is back to his imprwssive self.
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
As a pony to post?
Jack More than 1 year ago
Jason.. that is some "cold" stuff and wonder where you derive such disdain for any equine athlete? They are horses and they run for our betting pleasure. Shared Belief is a Gelding and has outrun all of our expectations already. Now, you seek to invoke some East vs. West banter like SB was responsible for the location of the Breeders Cup? Show them all some respect or your betting Karma will follow you wherever you go.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What did i say thats so wrong? He needs to go back to where he wins. Many horses dont travel well. Especially California horses. Their numbers and times dont usually translate to other tracks. My favorite horse is Tiznow. Its all you people who make such a big deal when a cali horse is good. Hes just okay. He had a bad race. Most good horses do. Its not the end of the world
Jason More than 1 year ago
Blah Blah Blah. Just go back to Cali where u belong. No Breeders Cup at sant anita this year, woohooo.
michael stapler More than 1 year ago
Fill in the blanks ASSHOL_
Randy Baker More than 1 year ago
Enjoy Jason.One more slopfest like Monmouth and Santa Anita is the permanent home.The Keeneland and Del Mar mess will enphasize this even more. A reason its nickname is "The Great Race Place" Perfect fall weather and no problem handling large crowds.Ive attended every BC except Woodbine.Its hands down best.Every time.
michael More than 1 year ago
If you lIke runnIng on an asphalt super charged hIghway on BC day.
Jason More than 1 year ago
I cannot agree with you. Nobody can close at santa anita. Speed rules. It is not a fair race track. If gulfstream had focused more on horse racing instead of the xasino, it would be the perfect track. It wasnt till this year that they got back to improving their racing product. The turf course at santa anita is like the top of a pool table. Its not a true test of greatness just speed
Mark Whalen More than 1 year ago
Hmmm ... don't recall Wise Dan (twice) winning the Mile wire-to-wire; nor Karakontie last year. Anyway, it's nice that you've figured Santa Anita out. Nobody can close? Big buck$ in store for you at their next BC, no doubt.
Ross More than 1 year ago
Actually most winners from Santa Anita are midpacks or closers. But you sound like you totally know SA.