Hollendorfer ‘Humbled’ By Election Into Hall Of Fame

Hollendorfer ‘Humbled’ By Election Into Hall Of Fame

     Shortly after receiving notice Friday that he had been elected into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame, Northern California trainer Jerry Hollendorfer participated in a national teleconference.  Following are some of Hollendorfer’s comments from the teleconference.

     On Being Elected:  “You can never expect in life to be put in the Hall of Fame, so I’m quite humbled and very grateful.  I going to try to continue to do the things I’ve been doing all these years, and try to live up to being put in the Hall of Fame with all the other great people.”

     On his success and how his life changed when he began operating stables in both Northern and Southern California.  “I just try to do whatever I can do every day to take care of my business and try to make a better stable.  I have to get on a plane a lot more than I used to.  Sometimes you have to make sacrifices to do certain things, like being away from home, and I’m willing to make those sacrifices.  I’m just grateful and happy to have the opportunity to do these things.”

     On his wife and chief assistant, Janet:  “Janet’s been the glue that’s held this stable together for all these years and she’s the catalyst that makes everything go.  Without her and a number of other people that help a trainer, you couldn’t win a lot of races, especially a lot of stakes races.  I give her a lot of credit for everything that we’ve done in this stable.”

     Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens, who also participated in the teleconference as the conditioner of inductee Sky Beauty, was asked about Hollendorferendorfer getting into the Hall of Fame:  “He should be happy and be proud.  I’d never met him until last summer (at Saratoga).  I watched him and the way he took care of his horse (champion filly Blind Luck).  I never had the vitality that he has, to ship all over the place and work so hard.  He certainly has the work ethic.  He’s certainly deserving.  I’m very happy for him to get in.”