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Birth Date: January 28, 1963
Birth Place: San Mateo, California
Finished second in the trainer standings at the 2013-2014 winter/spring meeting with 44 victories.
Earned his first training championship at a major meeting when he edged William E. Morey 22-21 in wins at the 2010 summer session at Golden Gate Fields.
Collected his second Golden Gate Fields training title at the 2011 summer meeting in another tight battle, topping Jerry Hollendorfer 18-17 in wins.
Was the second-leading trainer at three consecutive Golden Gate Fields meetings (2009-2010 winter/spring, 2009 fall/winter, and 2008-2009 winter/spring) before breaking through with his title-winning campaign at the 2010 summer stand.
Also placed second in the trainer standings at the following Golden Gate Fields meetings: 2013 fall, 2013 summer, 2011-2012 winter/spring, 2011 fall, and 2010-2011 winter/spring meeting.
Has taken leading trainer honors at five stops on the Northern California summer fair circuit – Santa Rosa (2011 and 2010), Pleasanton (2010), Stockton (2011 and 2009), Sacramento (2012, 2011 and 2009), and Big Fresno Fair (2011).
Sent out a career-high 159 winners in 2010 and finished 11th in the nation in races won.
Won 151 races in 2011 and finished 12th in the national standings.
Saddled 137 winners in 2009 to rank 21st in the nation in victories.
Took out his trainer’s license in 2008 and enjoyed a fine debut year, finishing 22nd in the nation in races won with 139 victories.
Ranked among the leading trainers at each of the major Northern California meetings in 2008, finishing second in the standings at the final Bay Meadows meeting (with 42 wins), fourth at the Golden Gate Fields spring session (20 wins), and fourth at the GGF fall season (36 wins).
Scored his first stakes victory on Nov. 22, 2008, when Siren Lure captured the $75,000 Sausalito Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
Earned his first win in a $100,000 stakes race when Goggles McCoy captured the Real Good Deal Stakes at Del Mar on Aug. 11, 2010.
Captured the 2011 Jess Jackson Owners’ Handicap at Santa Rosa with Goggles McCoy.
Won two stakes at Golden Gate Fields in 2009 – the $75,000 Tiburon Stakes with Ultra Blend and the $75,000 GGF Sprint with Siren Lure.
Won the 2010 California State Fair Sprint Handicap at Sacramento with Ultra Blend.
As an assistant to his father, trainer Art Sherman, he worked with many multiple stakes-winners, including Lykatill Hil, Perfec Travel, Amanda’s Affair, Tahoe City, and Desert Boom.
Upon graduating from San Mateo’s Hillsdale High School he went to work for his father at Bay Meadows with the idea of earning some money before pursing a career with the California Highway Patrol. Steve never left the barn and served as his father’s assistant from 1982 until 2008.
Although he didn’t work on the backstretch as a kid, he did work on the front side at Bay Meadows, selling Daily Racing Forms and working the buffet line in the Turf Club.