Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer confirmed the obvious on Thursday afternoon when he said reigning 2-year-old champion male Shared Belief was not going to make the Kentucky Derby due to various foot ailments that have plagued the gelding since early January.
Shared Belief has not worked since January 3 due to an abscess in his right front foot.
“I never had the horse on the Derby trail anyway the media had him on the Derby trail,” Hollendorfer said Thursday. “When me and my owners discussed this way back when we never were concerned about getting to the Derby anyway.
“When we get this horse ready, we’ll run him.”
The gelding son of Candy Ride has not run since winning the Grade I CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park last December 14. That victory, his third in as many career starts, cemented his Eclipse Award for champion 2-year-old male as he captured each of his starts by open lengths.
Shared Belief is owned by a group that includes Hollendorfer, Jim Rome’s Jungle Racing, Alex Solis II and Jason Litt. He is currently stabled at Golden Gate Fields.