There was great excitement when the shortlist of finalists for the 2011 Hall of Fame Induction ceremony were released. Now the inductees are slowly being chosen, and one of the first names to come out was that of Jerry Hollendorfer. He is known in the horse racing industry as one of the top thoroughbred trainers. His career as a trainer began in 1979 and Hollendorfer is now steadily on his way to gather six thousand victories in his career. Together with Hollendorfer, it was confirmed that the fillies Safely Kept, Sky Beauty and Open Mind will also be inducted this year.
Jerry Hollendorfer was born in Akron, Ohio, in 1946, and is today the trainer with the biggest number of victories to his name in Northern California. Between the years 1986 and 2008, Jerry Hollendorfer became an extremely respected trainer, as he was able to enjoy no less than thirty-two consecutive victories at Golden Gate Fields and thirty-seven at Bay Meadows Racecourse. As with many in the horse racing industry, Jerry Hollendorfer started at the bottom, slowly moving his way up and learning as much about the industry as possible. Trainers, Jerry Fanning and Jerry Dutton assisted Hollendorfer in his dreams to become a trainer. In his first six years after receiving his license, he was only able to bring in fifty-nine victories. This did not discourage him, and he patiently began increasing his stable any way he could, even putting in his own money to buy into partnerships with horse owners. He still goes into partnerships with some clients.
As the news broke that Jerry Hollendorfer would be inducted into the Hall of Fame, he took a few seconds to enjoy the moment, after which it was business as usual. He commented that the induction was a great honor and that he considered it to be a humbling experience, as his name will now be alongside a list of racing greats and legends. The formal induction ceremony for the Hall of Fame will take place in Saratoga Springs, New York, on the 12th of August 2011. After approximately thirty years of hard work, Jerry Hollendorfer will always be remembered and honored for the contributions he has made to the horse racing industry.