Sherman Saddles Pair Of Winners To Earn His First GGF Training Title

Sherman Saddles Pair Of Winners To Earn His First GGF Training Title

Sherman, who entered the day tied with William E. Morey for the top spot in the trainer standings, won the first race with Luberon ($11.00) to take a 21-20 advantage over his colleague. Morey, who upset perennial champ Jerry Hollendorfer when he won the training crown at the 2008 Golden Gate Fields spring meeting, drew back even with Sherman when he won the second race with I’m Going Places ($11.40). Morey was through for the day after saddling I’m Going Places and thus could only hope to share the title with Sherman, who still had four more horses to run. The duo remained tied until the eighth race, when Sherman’s 3-year-old filly Savan’ Brianne ($4.80) romped home by 3 1/4 lengths to give her conditioner sole possession of the title. “This is my first [title] at a major meeting and it feels good,” said Sherman. “I really have to hand it to my crew – they do a terrific job. I have to thank my great owners. They’re very supportive and let me run the horses where they fit. It was a total team effort.” Sherman, 47, took out his trainer’s license in 2008 after serving 26 years as an assistant to his father, veteran trainer Art Sherman. Steve Sherman has won training titles at four of the summer fair stops – Stockton (2009), Sacramento (2009), Pleasanton (2010) and Santa Rosa (2010). Hollendorfer, who has won 36 training championships at Golden Gate Fields, finished third at the summer meeting with 15 victories. There were no surprises in the jockey standings as Russell Baze won 46 races at the summer session to earn his 38th riding championship at Golden Gate Fields. Chad Schvaneveldt finished second with 29 wins and Juan Hernandez was third with 28. Live racing at Golden Gate Fields will resume on Wednesday, Oct. 20, when the track opens its 2010 fall meeting. A 45-day event, the fall session will run through Dec. 19. Golden Gate Fields will be open for simulcast wagering Wednesday, when the Big Fresno Fair opens its 10-day stand. In addition to action from the Big Fresno Fair (where post time is 1:15 p.m.), Wednesday’s simulcast schedule will also feature racing from Belmont Park (11:03 a.m.), Delaware Park (11:09 a.m.), Hawthorne Race Course (11:35 a.m.), Portland Meadows (12:40 p.m.) and Oak Tree at Hollywood Park (1 p.m.).