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Trainer Hollendorfer Enjoyed Banner Year in 2010
Northern California trainer Jerry Hollendorfer enjoyed a banner year in 2010, amassing a career high $9,307,328 in stable earnings to rank fourth in the nation in money won and saddling 286 winners to finish third in the nation in victories.
Hollendorfer’s impressive earnings total easily topped his previous high of $8,637,578, which his barn banked in 2008. The 286 victories rank as Hollendorfer’s second-highest total behind the 308 wins he recorded in 2004.
Leading the charge for Hollendorfer in 2010 were: Blind Luck, a winner of five graded stakes – including the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs and the
Grade 1 Alabama Stakes at Saratoga – and the big favorite to be named champion
3-year-old filly of 2010; Tuscan Evening, the ill-fated mare who was in the midst of an undefeated season (6-for-6, all graded stakes wins) when she died of a heart attack following a workout on Aug. 8; and Dakota Phone, who gave Hollendorfer his first Breeders’ Cup victory when he captured the $1 million Dirt Mile at Churchill Downs at odds of 37-to-1.
Trainer Todd Pletcher led the nation in earnings in 2010 with $23,157,098, while Steve Asmussen topped the country in victories with 506.
Jockey Russell Baze rode 368 winners in 2010 to finish third in the nation in victories. Baze, who had 1,232 mounts, won races at outstanding 30 percent clip. Deshawn Parker, the country’s leading rider in wins with 377, had 1,552 mounts (320 more than Baze). Ramon Dominguez, who with 369 victories took second in the standings by one win over Baze, had 1,475 mounts (243 more than Baze).
Dominguez was the nation’s leading jockey in earnings with $17,411,880. Baze finished 35th in earnings with $5,994,771.
Hollendorfer and Baze will team up Thursday when racing resumes at Golden Gate Fields. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and Baze will ride the Hollendorfer-trained Perfect Fashion in the first race. Perfect Fashion is a 9-to-5 favorite on the morning line.