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Tight Race For Leading Trainer Honors At Golden Gate Fields
Six days of racing remain at Golden Gate Fields’ summer meeting and there is tight race for leading trainer honors.
Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer holds a 13-12 advantage over Steve Sherman in the trainer standings but Sherman will fire a lot of bullets when racing resumes Friday (post time is 12:45 p.m.) and continues through the weekend.
Sherman is scheduled to start six horses Friday, seven on Saturday, and four on Sunday. Hollendorfer has three horses entered on both Friday and Saturday, and nine on Sunday.
Hollendorfer has won 38 Golden Gate Fields training championships during his illustrious career. Sherman, who has been the second-leading trainer at Golden Gate Fields four times, earned his first title at the East Bay track in 2010 when he edged William E. Morey 22-21 at the summer meeting.
Aaron Gryder, a globe-trotting veteran who is seeking his first Golden Gate Fields riding title, tops the jockey standings with 21 victories. Abel Cedillo is second with 18 wins and perennial king Russell Baze is third with 15 victories.
Cedillo has mounts in all eight races Friday but will miss the final five days of the summer season due to a suspension he received for “careless riding” aboard Ironmann in the second race on Sept. 11.
Gryder and Baze will both be very busy during the weekend. Gryder is scheduled to ride in seven races Friday, nine on Saturday, and six on Sunday. Baze has riding engagements in six races Friday, seven on Saturday, and eight on Sunday.
Baze has been the leading jockey at the past 12 Golden Gate Fields meetings and owns 40 career riding championships at the Albany track.
GGF Notes: The Sherman-trained Tusher Mtn Man, a 3-year-old gelding who won his first two races by a combined 11 lengths, will take another step up in class Saturday when he competes in the ninth race, a six-furlong allowance dash….The main event on Sunday’s card is the fourth race, a six-furlong allowance sprint that attracted Grade 2 stakes-winner Skipshot (2010 Swaps Stakes at Hollywood Park) and multiple stakes-winners Tribesman and Our Minesweeper…Fans can watch all the NFL games at GGF Sunday via the track’s Sunday Ticket subscription. General parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas all cost just a buck Sunday.