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Hollendorfer’s Shrewd Buy Summer Hit Wins Silky Sullivan Stakes
Summer Hit, a 3-year-old gelding purchased by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer shortly after his impressive victory in a modest $12,500 maiden-claiming race, continues to make Hollendorfer look good.
Summer Hit has three wins, a second, and a third in five starts for Hollendorfer and Saturday at Golden Gate Fields he earned his first stakes victory when he defeated 4-5 favorite Stoney Fleece by a neck in the $100,000 Silky Sullivan Stakes.
Summer Hit, ridden by Russell Baze, led every step of the way in the one-mile turf race for California-bred 3-year-olds and paid $6.60 after stopping the timer in 1:36.40.
Stoney Fleece, who was coming off a nose victory in the Alcatraz Stakes, took second by 2 1/4 lengths over Pepnic.
Owned in partnership by Hollendorfer and John Carver, Summer Hit earned $57,000 –which is more than what Hollendorfer reportedly paid for the son of Bertrando after he won his debut by nine lengths and was claimed out the six-furlong race by trainer Candelario Villamar.
“I didn’t have a claim in but when I saw the horse win, I told the guy (Villamar) that got him I wanted to buy the horse and he sold it to me,” said Hollendorfer. “I thought he was a good horse, a good prospect.”
Summer Hit has earned $95,412 in his five races for Hollendorfer, who was very pleased with how his horse handled two new tests Saturday – two turns and turf.
“I thought he ran huge,” said Hollendorfer. “I was concerned about it being his first time stretching out and his first time on turf but there was nowhere else I wanted to try him. Bertrandos (horses by the sire Bertrando) run good on turf so I thought I would try him (on it).”
Baze was also impressed with Summer Hit.
“He handled it (the turf) real good and when I asked him, he accelerated really well,” said Baze. “He’s pretty game when a horse comes to him. When (Stoney Fleece) got to about a half-length of me, my horse pinned his ears and dug in.”
Hollendorfer said Summer Hit will likely being joining the division of horses he keeps in Southern California.
Training Triple For Specht – Trainer Steve Specht saddled three winners Saturday. Specht won the third race with Baby Tate ($4.80), the fifth with Fellow Elderado ($5.00) and the ninth with Nurse Stephanie ($5.40).
Hispanic Heritage Day – Sunday is not only Dollar Day at Golden Gate Fields, it’s “Fiesta Hispana -- Hispanic Heritage Day.” Golden Gate Fields, Telemundo, and radio station 93.3 La Raza are hosting the celebration, which will feature live music by Banda Corazon Ranchero as well as a mariachi band, clown performances by La Tropa de Payosos, a chance to win money in the Telemundo Money Machine, and an opportunity to test your soccer skills with the San Jose Earthquakes.
Post time is 1:15 p.m. and general parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs, and sodas cost just a buck apiece.