01/06/2005 1:00AM

Sherman saddles 1,500th winner


ALBANY, Calif. - Art Sherman scored the 1,500th training victory of his career when Mountain Mustang ($5) won the sixth race at Golden Gate Fields on Thursday.

The 67-year-old Sherman came to the track 51 years ago working for Rex Ellsworth. He traveled with Ellsworth's Swaps to the Kentucky Derby and the famous match race with Nashua.

After a 22-year riding career, he retired and served for a year as an assistant to Paul Guidotti and later worked briefly as a racing official before taking out his training license in 1979.

Sherman has finished in the top five among trainers at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields every year since 2000 and finished 12th in the nation with 152 victories last year.

Mountain Mustang was a five-length wire-to-wire winner in a $25,000 claimer for Sherman's milestone victory.