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Commentary: Hollendorfer Indictment of Turf Media Senseless


Dick Downey

Jerry Hollendorfer's statement today about Shared Belief proves that although he's a great trainer, he needs to learn some people skills.

Hollendorfer finally revealed that there's no way Shared Belief can make the Kentucky Derby.

"I never had the horse on the Derby trail anyway; the media had him on the Derby trail," Hollendorfer said. "When me and my owners discussed this, way back when we got the horse, we never were concerned about getting to the Derby anyway."

With all due respect, what the trainer fails to recognize is that all he had to do was inform the media at an appropriate time that Shared Belief wasn't on the Derby Trail. At that point, the media would have published what he had to say and would have quit bugging Hollendorfer.

It's understandable that Hollendorfer is upset. If I were him, my feelings would be hurt too. Hollendorfer's had a lot of bad luck with potential Kentucky Derby runners over the years, and Shared Belief is a very talented horse.

But to say the media falsely had the gelding on the Derby Trail when that issue has clearly been within Hollendorfer's grasp all along is irrational. Hollendorfer is throwing others under the bus, and he's driving the bus. It makes no sense at all.


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