Trainer Sherman Has Two-Win Lead Heading Into Sunday’s Finale At GGF

Trainer Sherman Has Two-Win Lead Heading Into Sunday’s Finale At GGF

     Trainer Steve Sherman saddled two winners Saturday at Golden Gate Fields and enters Sunday’s closing-day card with a two-victory advantage over Jerry Hollendorfer.

     Sherman leads Hollendorfer 17-15 in victories and is scheduled to start five horses during the 10-race finale of the summer meeting, including a pair of runners in both the third and eighth races.  

     Hollendorfer has 10 horses entered Sunday and will start two runners in the third, seventh and ninth races.

     Hollendorfer has won 38 Golden Gate Fields training championships during his Hall of Fame career.  Sherman, who has been the second-leading trainer at Golden Gate Fields four times, earned his first title at the East Bay track last year when he edged William E. Morey 22-21 at the summer meeting.

    Aaron Gryder, who rode one winner Saturday, enters Sunday’s card with a 27-24 lead over Juan Hernandez in the jockey standings.  Hernandez won two races Saturday and has mounts in all 10 races Sunday.  Gryder has mounts in every race but the first.

     Post time Sunday is 12:45 p.m. and Golden Gate Fields is offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers and $1 sodas.  The track will also broadcast all the NFL games through its subscription to the NFL Sunday Ticket.
     Halo Dolly, Baze Last At Parx –  Halo Dolly, a 3-year-old filly who had won five straight races for Hollendorfer, finished last under jockey Russell Baze in the Grade 2 $750,000 Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing (formerly Philadelphia Park) in Bensalem, Penn., Saturday.  The Bob Baffert-trained Plum Pretty won the 1 1/16-mile race by
7 1/2 lengths and paid $5.00.

     Blind Luck Last In Lady’s Secret –  Hollendorfer’s champion filly Blind Luck was eased in deep stretch while finishing last in the Grade 1 $250,000 Lady’s Secret Stakes at Santa Anita Saturday.  Zazu, trained by John Sadler, won the 1 1/16-mile feature for fillies and mares by a half-length over Ultra Blend and paid $5.80.