Saturday, July 5, 2014
LOS ALAMITOS, Calif. (AP) — Shared Belief beat Candy Boy by 4 1/4 lengths to win the $500,000 Los Alamitos Derby for 3-year-olds on Saturday and improve to 5-0 in his career.
Ridden by Hall of Famer Mike Smith, Shared Belief ran his first race on dirt, covering 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.01 and paying $3.40, $2.60 and $2.10 as the 7-10 favorite. Smith was aboard for the first time for co-owner and sports talk host Jim Rome.
Among the 3-year-old gelding's other owners are Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer and Alex Solis II, the son of the Hall of Fame jockey.
Shared Belief, last year's champion 2-year-old, has won his races by a combined 28 3/4 lengths. The victory, worth $300,000, increased his career earnings to $772,200.