Hollendorfer Registers Win Number 4,000

(from Bay Meadows report)
Northern California's Jerry Hollendorfer became only the sixth trainer in Thoroughbred racing history to reach the 4,000-win mark Thursday at Bay Meadows.

The milestone victory came when his 4-year-old filly Gonetorule, a John Franks Farm homebred, scored an upset in the sixth race.

Hollendorfer entered the day with 3,998 wins and posted back-to-back victories, taking the fifth race with heavy favorite Soccer Dan ($3.60 to win) and the sixth with 7-1 outsider Gonetorule ($17.80).

There are five trainers in front of Hollendorfer on the all-time victory list: Dale Baird (8,900), Jack Van Berg (6,340), King T. Leatherbury (6,025), Richard P. Hazelton (4,568) and D. Wayne Lukas (4,238).

"I'm happy to hit the 4,000 mark," said Hollendorfer, a 54-year-old native of Akron, Ohio, who took out his trainer's license in 1979. "It's kind of a big deal for me. I wanted it real bad and I worked hard to get here. I've had a lot of good luck, help and blessings to get here. I get all the credit but I have good horses, good owners and a good staff.

"I'd like to continue to train for a few more years. I don't know if I can reach 5,000 wins but I'd like to try. My wife (Janet) and I love doing this. She's been a great help to me and so has my staff. You get tired now and then and things don't go right a lot of times, but the wins make up for it. That's what keeps us going."

Hollendorfer has won 27 consecutive training titles at Bay Meadows and 24 straight championships at Golden Gate Fields. He has also won training crowns at Thistledown and Arlington Park.

Gonetorule, ridden by Ron Warren, Jr., took the six-furlong sixth race by a half-length over Five Star Meeting. She raced in Florida last year and was making her first start for Hollendorfer.