Facebook Connect

Important California Racing Update

An update on the Jerry Hollendorfer situation.

After much careful consideration and discussion, West Point has moved all horses from Hollendorfer’s care. As of this morning, our West Coast string is now split between veteran horsemen John Sadler and John Shirreffs.

John Sadler
Cali Dude
Free Belief
Full of Luck
Tomorrow Knows

John Shirreffs
Hallowed Gift
Jungle Warfare
Under the Oaks

**Kanthaka and Mr. Twinery TBD
More details in horse updates posted today due to holiday.

Both Johns have stellar resumes and many graded stakes victories (including Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup Classic wins) to their credit. They are excited about their expanded roles and ready to rock and roll at Del Mar!

Yesterday afternoon, I knew it was time to turn the page. The situation had become untenable for our horses, Partners, and company. Parting ways with Jerry wasn’t easy, but knowing he isn’t allowed to train or race at Del Mar, and the Santa Anita situation being a long way from resolved, our hand was forced.

Regrettably, The Stronach Group used a Hall of Famer who has dedicated his life to this sport as a scapegoat for wider industry issues. There’s no doubt Jerry’s training program is rigorous, but throughout my many hours of recent conversations with industry leaders, not once did I hear that he broke any rules or was found to have done anything illegal. That was confirmed by top management of The Stronach Group. Jerry Hollendorfer was denied due process, and that is troubling and unfair.

Despite transferring the WPT horses from his care, I will continue to support Jerry and his reinstatement.

Now let’s look forward.

We are proud and committed to racing in California and excited to win races at Del Mar. This is the highlight of our year there. Let’s enjoy our horses, the West Point camaraderie, and our great game.

To use a term from my Army days, “That is a direct verbal order!”

Call me anytime and have a great holiday.