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Hollendorfer – Finally – Gets Milestone Win No. 6,000 At GGF
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer – finally – earned his 6,000th career victory Saturday at Golden Gate Fields when his 3-year-old filly Just Tappin It captured the sixth race in front-running fashion.
Just Tappin It, the 3-to-5 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, won the 5 1/2-furlong dash for $4,000 claimers by 3 1/4 lengths in 1:05.86 and paid $3.40. Hollendorfer watched the race via simulcast from Del Mar, where he was running three horses Saturday.
“Did we get it?,”joked Hollendorfer when contacted via cell phone by Bay Area reporters. “Yeah, we kind of took a while to get it.”
Hollendorfer recorded win No. 5,998 on Aug. 21 when Indian Gracey took the ninth race at Golden Gate Fields. He then went winless with 28 starters before scoring win No. 5,999 with Going for a Spin in the first race Friday at Golden Gate Fields. He missed with his final two starters Friday and his first two runners Saturday before securing No. 6,000 with Just Tappin It.
Baze felt good about helping Hollendorfer get his milestone victory.
“I’m really happy I got to do it for him,” said Baze. “Jerry’s been awfully good to me. I was beginning to wonder if I could do it for him. He was stuck on 5,998 so long I took five or six swings at it.”
Hollendorfer’s wife and chief assistant, Janet, was simply happy the waiting for 6,000 came to an end.
“I’m just glad that it’s over with,” said Janet, a lady of few words.
Hollendorfer, who became only the fourth trainer in thoroughbred racing history to win 6,000 races, said he appreciated the accomplishment but doesn’t plan to rest on his laurels.
“I think I have some good years left in me and I’d like to keep training and work as long as I can,” said Hollendorfer. “I’d like to keep going if I can keep my health and try to keep winning races. If I could ever make 7,000 I guess I’d be very happy about that, but I’m just going to do what I can do and work every day. We spend a lot of time at the racetrack but it’s because we like it and we like the horses.”
Hollendorfer joins the late Dale Baird (9,445 career victories) and active trainers Jack Van Berg (6,406) and King T. Leatherbury (6,324) in the exclusive 6,000 victory club.
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Sunday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the track is offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, $1 sodas and
a free concert by The Department of Rock.