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Hollendorfer Has One Favorite, Two Longshots in Breeders’ Cup
Northern California’s all-time leading trainer, Jerry Hollendorfer, will saddle one favorite and two longshots in the 2010 Breeders’ Cup World Championships, which will be held Friday and Saturday at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
Golden Gate Fields will simulcast the entire Breeders’ Cup programs both days. Post time for the first race at Churchill Downs Friday is 11 a.m. PDT and post time for the first Breeders’ Cup race, the Marathon, is 1:10 p.m. Saturday, the first race will be run at 9:05 a.m. and the first Breeders’ Cup race, the Juvenile Turf, at 10:50 a.m.
Golden Gate Fields will open grandstand and club house gates at 10 a.m. Friday and the Turf Club at 11 a.m. Saturday, all gates open at 8:30 a.m.
Hollendorfer is seeking his first Breeders’ Cup win and he has an excellent chance to secure it Friday when he sends out Blind Luck in the $2 million Ladies Classic. A multiple Grade 1 stakes-winner who has been victorious in nine of her 14 career starts, Blind Luck is a 9-to-5 favorite on the morning line over 10 rivals.
Approximately 80 minutes before the Ladies Classic, Hollendorfer will saddle Indian Gracey in the $2 million Juvenile Fillies. Indian Gracey, who is listed at 15-to-1 in a field of 13, is coming off a third-place finish in the Grade 1 Oak Leaf Stakes at Hollywood Park.
Hollendorfer will attempt to score a major upset Saturday when he starts 30-to-1 shot Dakota Phone in the $1 million Dirt Mile. Dakota Phone, a 5-year-old gelding who captured the Grade 2 San Diego Handicap at Del Mar in July, will break from post one in a field of 13 in the Dirt Mile.
Hollendorfer is one of two veteran Bay Area trainers competing in the Breeders’ Cup as he’ll be joined at Churchill Downs by Jeff Bonde, who will try to win the $2 million Sprint with Smiling Tiger Saturday.
Smiling Tiger, the third choice on the Sprint morning line at 6-to-1, has won a pair of Grade 1 sprint stakes this year. The Bay Area’s Hall of Famer, Russell Baze, will ride Smiling Tiger, who will break from post five in a field of 12.
MARTIN SADDLES THREE WINNERS -- Trainer John F. Martin saddled three winners Wednesday at Golden Gate Fields.
Martin captured the first race with Magnificent Blend ($3.60), the fifth with Stormy Surge ($6.40) and the sixth with Witzel Dixie ($4.00). Martin teamed up with three different jockeys in recording his triple as Frank Alvarado rode Magnificent Blend, Chad Schvaneveldt piloted Stormy Surge, and Mario Gutierrez booted home Witzel Dixie.