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Oct 10, 2014

Shared Belief to stay the course heading to Classic


Arcadia, CA ( - Eclipse Award winner Shared Belief will be kept on his usual training schedule leading to the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 1.

Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will continue training Shared Belief at Golden Gate Fields in the San Francisco Bay area until just before shipping to Santa Anita.

"He's done that every race," Hollendorfer said Friday morning at Santa Anita. "He'll come down here and just go over the track a couple of days like he did last time (before the Awesome Again) and that will be how we prepare. He's doing real well."

Last month the 3-year-old gelding won the Awesome Again Stakes at Santa Anita over older horses to keep his career mark perfect in seven starts.

"I watched him gallop (Thursday morning) at Golden Gate. I'll train him up there and then we'll ship down here in a big box stall for the Breeders' Cup," Hollendorfer said. "We're hoping that's a good formula. Having him at Golden Gate seems to be the answer for this horse."

Shared Belief missed the Triple Crown races, beginning his season with an allowance victory at Golden Gate Fields on May 26.

"We've been able to keep his feet good up there, so it's working. His works are going to be mostly maintenance-type works, but we might give him one good blast up there before he comes down," the trainer noted.

Partly owned by Hollendorfer and Jim Rome, Shared Belief has banked $1,552,200 with wins this year in the Los Alamitos Derby and Pacific Classic. As a 2- year-old in 2013, Shared Belief was perfect in three starts, including the Hollywood Prevue and CashCall Futurity, both at Hollywood Park.

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