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$100,000 All American Stakes On Memorial Day Will Cap Five-Day Racing Week
Five consecutive days of horse racing, culminating with the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes on Memorial Day Monday, gets underway Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.
Post time Thursday through Monday is 12:45 p.m. A Dollar Day card on Sunday – general parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas cost just a buck each – and a lawn chair giveaway on Monday highlight the extended racing week.
The All American is a 1 1/16-mile contest for 3-year-olds and up that will be run on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface. Sixteen horses were nominated to the feature and entries for the race will be taken Friday morning.
Golden Gate Fields racing secretary David Jerkens said the following horses are top candidates for the All American: Administer, Ashtar, Control Seeker, Hudson Landing, Positive Response, Siberian Laughter, and Summer Hit. Jerkens added that a few other horses are also under consideration for the race.
Hudson Landing, who captured the 2012 All American by a nose when the race was in the fall, will try to repeat for trainer Blaine Wright and owner Jared Chappell (Chappell Alpine Farms, LLC). Hudson Landing got up in the final jump to win a photo finish decision over Control Seeker.
Hudson Landing owns four stakes victories and an impressive $487,648 bankroll. The
6-year-old gelding has finished in the money in 24 of his 39 career starts but will looking to bounce back from his most recent race, a sixth-place showing in the San Francisco Mile on April 27.
Control Seeker is a multiple stakes-winner who has earned $375,188. A 7-year-old gelding with 39 career starts, Control Seeker has finished in the exacta in 20 of his races as he enters the All American with 10 wins, 10 seconds and two thirds. Like Hudson Landing, Control Seeker is coming off a disappointing effort in the SF Mile as he ran seventh in the turf feature. Keith Nations trains Control Seeker for owners Theresa and Edward DeNike.
Summer Hit, from the powerful Jerry Hollendorfer barn, ran second in the SF Mile, coming up just a neck short of a wire-to-wire victory. Owned in partnership by Hollendorfer and John Carver, Summer Hit has three wins and a second in four tries on Tapeta.
Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation. The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.