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1:45 p.m. Post Time Friday; Eight Entered In Saturday’s $100,000 SF Mile
Golden Gate Fields will begin an abbreviated three-day racing week Friday and there is a special 1:45 p.m. post time for the eight-race program, which will feature the return of “rolling” Daily Doubles.
A $2 wager, the Daily Double requires bettors to select the winners of two races in succession, with a separate pari-mutuel pool for each two-race sequence. “Rolling” Daily Doubles allow fans to start a Daily Double on the first race through the next-to-last race on each day’s program. The “rolling” Daily Doubles have a low takeout of 18 percent.
Post time Saturday and Sunday at Golden Gate Fields is 12:45 p.m. Saturday’s card will feature the 64th running of the Grade 3 $100,000 San Francisco Mile while Sunday’s program will feature $1 specials (general parking, general admission, programs, hot dogs, beers, and sodas cost just a buck each).
Entries for the SF Mile were taken Wednesday morning and a field of eight was drawn for Northern California’s most important turf race. Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out a trio of runners – multiple stakes-winners Summer Hit and Longview Drive, as well as the lightly-raced 5-year-old gelding Tribal Jewel.
Summer Hit nearly scored a wire-to-wire victory in last year’s SF Mile but came up a neck short when he was run down in the final yards by English-bred Tigah. Summer Hit shook off the tough loss and went on to post front-running wins in the Grade 3 All American Stakes and Grade 3 Berkeley Handicap at Golden Gate Fields last year.
Summer Hit, a 5-year-old gelded son of Bertrando, has been victorious in 10 of his 18 career starts and earned $452,219.
Longview Drive, a 5-year-old horse by Pulpit, won a pair of stakes as a 2-year-old and has earned $250,722 in 20 lifetime starts. In his most recent outing on March 15, Longview Drive finished third in a one-mile allowance race behind Summer Hit and Pepnic, two runners he’ll meet again in the SF Mile.
Tribal Jewel is coming off a pair of sharp efforts – a victory and runner-up finish – in six-furlong allowance dashes at Golden Gate Fields. Tribal Jewel has finished in the money in eight of his 10 career starts and banked $158,128.
Hudson Landing, who won the SF Mile in 2012 and finished sixth in the feature last year, will compete in the stakes for the third straight year. Trained by Blaine Wright, Hudson Landing is a four-time stakes-winner who has 12 victories in 45 career starts and $531,188 in earnings.
Hudson Landing comes into the SF Mile off a solid second-place finish in a one-mile allowance/optional claiming race on March 30. That race was won by Pepnic, who was claimed for $62,500 by trainer Tim McCanna on behalf of owner David P. Taylor, Jr.
Pepnic, who finished third in the 2012 Silky Sullivan Stakes on the Golden Gate Fields turf, will make his debut for McCanna and Taylor in the SF Mile. Pepnic has seven in-the-money performances in 11 tries on grass.
Alex Paszkeicz, who bred, owned and trained Pepnic, will send out Pepper Crown in the SF Mile. Pepper Crown finished third behind Pepnic and Hudson Landing in the March 30 race and will make his first stakes start in the SF Mile.
Top Southern California trainer John Sadler, who sent Tigah out to victory in last year’s SF Mile, will be represented by Horizontalyspeakin in this year’s renewal. Horizontalyspeakin is 2-for-2 this year with the victories coming in allowance races on the turf at Santa Anita.
Completing the field is the Molly J. Pearson-trained Fast Track, a 7-year-old gelding with a three-race winning streak. Fast Track recorded his hat trick in allowance races on the grass at Turf Paradise.
The lineup for the SF Mile, in post position order, is as follows: Hudson Landing, Juan Hernandez rides; Pepper Crown, Abel Cedillo; Longview Drive, William Antongeorgi III; Pepnic, Dennis Carr; Tribal Jewel, Alejandro Gomez; Summer Hit, Russell Baze; Horizontalyspeakin, Jose Valdivia, Jr.; and Fast Track, Tammi Piermarini.
All of the starters carry 122 pounds.
The SF Mile is the seventh race on a nine-race program and will be run at approximately 3:50 p.m.