Sherman, a former jockey who took out his trainer's license in 1980, entered Sunday's card at Bay Meadows with 1,997 wins. Sherman ripped to his 2,000th career victory by sweeping races two through five with Best Friend Gracie ($5.40), Peak in a Hurry ($4), and Oneanwin ($7.80). Sherman completed his four-bagger by taking the fifth race with Quick Song ($4.80).
A 68-year-old native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Sherman rooted on his runners from Del Mar, where he watched the fair races via simulcast. Sherman, with the help of sons Steve and Alan, operates stables in both Northern and Southern California.
"That was super," said Sherman. "We had a big day up there. I was riding those suckers home from here."
Sherman, who has been the second-leading trainer, behind perennial champ Jerry Hollendorfer, at the past 13 major meetings in Northern California, was thrilled to reach 2,000 wins.
"It's great," said Sherman. "The kids deserve a lot of the credit. They do most of the work and I'm more of the behind-the-scenes guy. It's a great team effort."
While Steve Sherman saddled his winners at Bay Meadows, Art sent out Movie Fan in the fourth race at Del Mar. Movie Fan finished seventh.
"Leave it to me to break up the streak," said Sherman with a laugh.