Art Sherman equaled the Northern California record for most wins on a single card by a trainer Friday at Bay Meadows when his starters won five races at the San Mateo County Fair.
"You always want to think that you're live, but to win five races is crazy," said Sherman, a former jockey who watched the win parade via simulcast at Del Mar, where he also has a string of horses. "I was riding each race. What a thrill."
Art's sons and assistants, Steve and Alan, handled the saddling duties at Bay Meadows, and they sent out the following horses to victories: Danzhound ($4.60) in the third race, Talverna ($5.40) in the fifth, Unlikely Legend ($11.80) in the sixth, Take the Helm ($14.40) in the seventh, and My Captain ($5.20) in the featured eighth.
"You know, when I was talking to my dad this morning I said, 'don't be surprised if we win five today,'" said Steve Sherman of the huge day. "I thought the horses were in live spots. But you have to have racing luck, and we got that today, too. Usually, when you run seven horses, you get skunked. But I thought we had a slight chance to win five."
Art Sherman became the fourth trainer to win five races on a card in Northern California. Walter Greenman established the record at Bay Meadows on Nov. 25, 1970, and Ace Gibson equaled the mark at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 24, 1971. Jerry Hollendorfer, the Bay Area's all-time leading trainer, has achieved the feat three times – once at Golden Gate Fields (May 1, 1986) and twice at Bay Meadows (Jan. 23, 1997, and May 26, 2004).
Sherman won a total of six races Friday. Eighty-three minutes after My Captain completed Sherman's five-win day the fair, he won the fifth race at Del Mar with Estate Collection ($7.40).
The Sherman barn ranks seventh in the nation in victories this year with 115 wins.