Shared Belief Stars on Opening Day

From Santa Anita Publicity
ARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2014)–Back in action for the first time since suffering his first career defeat in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s Shared Belief demonstrated the heart and class of a champion as he took Santa Anita’s opening day Grade I, $300,000 Malibu Stakes by a neck under Mike Smith, covering seven furlongs in 1:20.69.

Fourth as the 5-2 favorite following a controversial start in the Classic, last year’s 2-year-old Eclipse Champion Male was a close third turning for home in the Malibu and prevailed in a driving finish over longshot Conquest Two Step and 2-1 second choice Chitu.