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Birth Date: June 18, 1946
Birth Place: Akron, Ohio
Born: June 18, 1946, Akron, Ohio
Inducted into the National Racing Museum’s Hall of Fame on Aug. 12, 2011, in Saratoga Springs, New York.
Is the third-winningest trainer in North American thoroughbred racing history. Through July 23, 2014, he had 6,689 career victories.
Ranks seventh on the all-time earnings list for trainers. Through July 23, 2014, his horses had earned $152,110,584 in purses.
Has won 46 training championships at Golden Gate Fields, with his most recent title coming at the 2013-2014 winter/spring meeting,
Enjoyed a banner year in 2013, when he achieved a career high in stable earnings ($11,221,761), trained the champion 2-year-old (Shared Belief), and won 17 graded stakes.
Won the following Grade 1 stakes in 2013: the CashCall Futurity at Betfair Hollywood Park with Shared Belief, the Metropolitan Handicap at Belmont Park with Sahara Sky, the Clement L. Hirsch Stakes at Del Mar with Lady of Fifty, the Test Stakes at Saratoga with Sweet Lulu, and the Del Mar Futurity with Tamarando.
In 2013 he finished third among the nation’s trainers in victories with 241 and sixth in earnings with $11,221,761.
Had already won 13 graded stakes in 2014 through July 23, including the Grade 1 Santa Margarita at Santa Anita with Let Faith Arise.
Earned his first Breeders’ Cup victory on Nov. 6, 2010, at Churchill Downs when he won the $1 million Dirt Mile with longshot Dakota Phone, who paid $77.40.
Won the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap, the West Coast’s most prestigious Grade I stakes, with Heatseeker in 2008.
Scored his first victory in a $1 million race in 1988 when he sent out King Glorious to win the Hollywood Futurity. Also won the 1989 Haskell Invitational and 1989 Ohio Derby with King Glorious.
Orchestrated a title-winning 2010 campaign for Blind Luck, who earned the Eclipse Award as champion 3-year-old filly after winning the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, Grade 1 Alabama Stakes, Grade 1 Las Virgenes Stakes, Grade 2 Fantasy, and Grade 2 Delaware Oaks.
Notched another Grade 1 stakes win with Blind Luck in 2011 when she captured the Vanity Handicap at Hollywood Park.
Has won the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks, the filly equivalent of the Kentucky Derby, three times – with Lite Light in 1991, Pike Place Dancer in 1996, and Blind Luck in 2010.
His victory with Pike Place Dancer in the 1996 California Derby at Golden Gate Fields marked the first time a filly had won the race since Miz Clementine defeated the colts in the 1954 California Derby.
Has had four starters in the Kentucky Derby – Chocolate Candy (who finished fifth in the 2009 Derby), Bwana Bull (15th in the 2007 Derby), Cause to Believe (13th in the 2006 Derby) and Eye of the Tiger (fifth in the 2003 Derby).
Prior to Eye of the Tiger, he had a string of bad luck in trying to get horses into the Kentucky Derby field. Event of the Year (1998) and Globalize (2000) both sustained injuries while training at Churchill Downs, and U S S Tinosa (2002) didn’t get into the starting lineup due to a lack of earnings.
Trained the ill-fated Tuscan Evening, who was in the midst of undefeated 2010 season
(6-for-6 with wins in the Grade 1 Gamely Stakes, Grade 2 Buena Vista Handicap,
Grade 2 Santa Ana Handicap, Grade 2 Santa Barbara Handicap, Grade 3 Monrovia Handicap, and Grade 3 Modesty Handicap) when she died of an acute pulmonary hemorrhage following a workout.
Trained Hystericalady, who won the $1 million Delaware Handicap in 2008. Hystericalady also won the Humana Distaff Handicap and Molly Pitcher Breeders’ Cup in 2007, and the Hollywood Breeders’ Cup Oaks in 2006.
Has trained the following Grade 1 stakes-winners: Blind Luck, Dakota Phone, Heat Seeker, Hystericalady, Killer Graces, King Glorious, Lady of Fifty, Let Faith Arise, Lite Light, Pike Place Dancer, Sahara Sky, Shared Belief, Sweet Lulu, Tamarando, and Tuscan Evening.
Has trained the following Grade 2 stakes-winners: Broken Sword, Blueskiesandrainbows, Capital Plan, Ciao Bella Luna, City to City, Doinghardtimeagain, Event of the Year, Fleet Lady, Globalize, Halo Dolly, Hear the Ghost, Misty Ocean, Mula Gula, Ninebanks, Paranda, Rendezvous, Sahara Sky, Scherzinger, Skipshot, Somethinaboutlaura, Trickey Trevor, Washington Bridge, Wild Dude.
Has trained the following Grade 3 stakes-winners: Adreamisborn, Afleetaffair, Bwana Bull, Cappuchino, Cause to Believe, Chocolate Candy, Congressinal Honor, Fury Kapcori, Highland Gold, King Slewie, Our Nautique, Neversaidiwassweet, Nonios, Really Happy, River Flyer, Scarlet Strike, Summer Hit, Tamarando, Traces of Gold, Variety Road, Via Villaggio, Voice of Destiny, Worldly Ways, Yougottawanna.
Registered his 6,000th career victory on Sept. 2, 2011, at Golden Gate Fields when his
3-year-old filly Just Tappin It won the sixth race.
Won the 5,000th race of his career on Dec. 22, 2007, when his 4-year-old gelding Political High won the 11th race at Hollywood Park.
From 1986 though May 2008, he won the training championship at every major Bay Area meeting, recording 37 straight titles at Bay Meadows and 32 consecutive crowns at Golden Gate Fields. Title streak was snapped when he finished tied for second at the 2008 GGF spring meeting, a season in which William E. Morey took the crown.
Has also captured training championships at Arlington Park (2001) in Arlington Heights, Illinois; Thistledown (2004 Summit Meeting) in North Randall, Ohio; and Portland Meadows (2010-2011 meeting) in Portland, Oregon.
Finished second in the nation in victories in both 1998 (241 wins) and 1999 (224).
Won a career high 308 races in 2004 when he finished third in the nation in races won.
Also ranked third in the nation in victories in 2005 (281 wins) and 2001 (263)
His barn topped the $6 million mark in earnings in 1998 ($6,447,301), 2003 ($6,262,447), and 2004 ($6,009,234)
Shares the Northern California record for most wins by a trainer on a single card, five, with Ace Gibson and Walter Greenman. Hollendorfer has won five races on a card three times – once at Golden Gate Fields (May 1, 1986) and twice at now defunct Bay Meadows (Jan. 23, 1997, and May 26, 2004). Greenman established the record at Bay Meadows on Nov. 25, 1970, and Gibson equaled the mark at GGF on Feb. 24, 1971.
Had a streak of eight consecutive winners in 1996.
Came to California in the late 1960s and never left. Started as a groom at Bay Meadows and went on to work in various capacities for trainers Jerry Dutton and Jerry Fanning before taking out his trainer's license in 1979.
Success did not come quickly as he compiled no more than 16 wins in any of his first six years of training. Had breakout year in 1985 when he won 56 races – only three shy of the grand total of 59 races he won during his first six years of training.
Won 117 races and saw his horses top the $1 million mark in earnings in 1986, a year in which he earned his first training titles at Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows.
Credits Novel Sprite, whom he claimed for $16,000, with putting him on the map. Novel Sprite went on to earn more than $400,000 and was named national Claimer of the Year for 1986. Novel Sprite was also his first stakes winner.
His wife, Janet, is also his chief assistant at the barn.