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Irish Trainer Galvin Breaks Maiden At GGF; Big Sunday Has Hollendorfer At 5,998 Wins
Irishman Brendan Galvin won his first race as a trainer Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when his Irish-bred filly Chattel House rallied from ninth in a field of 11 to capture the sixth race.
Chattel House won the one-mile turf race under jockey Cristobal Herrera, the same rider who helped trainer Natalie Houle get her first career win last Friday at Golden Gate Fields. Herrera guided Hey Maria to victory for Houle.
Galvin, a 45-year-old native of County Kerry, grew up around horses and began working at racetracks in England at age 16. He had a brief career as an apprentice jockey in England and Ireland, riding in both flat races and steeplechase events.
“Very limited success,” said Galvin of his riding career.
Galvin came to the U.S. when he was 21 and has worked at Bay Area racetracks since his arrival, assisting trainers and galloping horses. Galvin, who still gallops horses for trainers Steve Specht and Jedd Josephson, took out his trainer’s license last month and scored his maiden victory with just his second starter.
“My first start was two weeks ago with the same horse,” said Galvin, referring to Chattel House, who finished seventh in a maiden allowance race at Santa Rosa on Aug. 4.
Galvin ran Chattel House in a $20,000 maiden-claiming race Sunday and the step down in class agreed with the filly, who scored by a head over Siberian Song.
“That was very exciting,” said Galvin. “I’m thrilled.”
Galvin currently trains only two horses, but said, “I’ve got some more coming.” Chattel House, owned by Galvin’s friend, Pat O’Sullivan of Boston, paid $11.60 after breaking her maiden in her seventh career start.
Hollendorfer Nears Milestone Win -- Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer won four races Sunday – three at Golden Gate Fields and the Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar – to move within two victories of milestone win No. 6,000.
Hollendorfer boosted his career win total to 5,998 Sunday when he scored with the following horses: Ironmann ($10.40 in the fourth race), Do What U Dare ($7.60 in the seventh race) and Indian Gracey ($3.40) at Golden Gate Fields, and Halo Dolly ($5.20 in the Solana Beach) at Del Mar.
Hollendorfer, who has one runner entered at Del Mar on both Wednesday (Big Girl in the third race) and Thursday (Good Mojo in the third race), is scheduled to start five horses at Golden Gate Fields Friday and one at Del Mar. Post time at Golden Gate Fields Friday is 12:45 p.m.