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May 01, 2015

Shared Belief returned to Golden Gate Fields after injury


Berkeley, CA ( - Top rated thoroughbred Shared Belief has been returned to Golden Gate Fields after his unfortunate trip for last week's $1.5 million Charles Town Classic in West Virginia.

Shared Belief, trained by co-owner Jerry Hollendorfer, has a non-displaced fracture on the point of the right hip. An injury he suffered during the running of the 1 1/8-mile Classic. Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith pulled up the 4-year-old gelding on the backstretch of Charles Town preventing any further injury.

"A heartfelt thank you to Mike Smith for protecting Shared Belief and taking care of him as he always has. Mike's quick reaction is a big reason Shared Belief is doing as well as he is right now," co-owner Jim Rome posted on his Jungle Racing Facebook page.

Shared Belief was examined at the Spurlock Equine Clinic in Virginia and was returned to his home at Golden Gate Fields on Wednesday. According to Jungle Racing, the gelding will be shipped to Pegasus Training Center in Washington State "for some stall rest and hand-walking."

Shared Belief, the 2-year-old champion male of 2013, had impressive victories in his first two starts this year, both at Santa Anita. He defeated 2014 Horse of the Year California Chrome in the San Antonio Invitational on Feb. 7 and four weeks later captured the Santa Anita Handicap by more than four lengths.

The 4-year-old gelding has won 10 of 12 starts for $2,932,200.

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