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Albany Stakes, Wiener Dog Races, Dollar Day Sunday On Tap Closing Weekend
The $50,000-added Albany Stakes for sprinters and 10 rounds of wiener dog racing on Saturday, plus a free concert on Dollar Day Sunday, highlight the final weekend of Golden Gate Fields winter/spring meeting.
The post time schedule for closing week is as follows: 12:45 p.m. Thursday, 1:45 p.m. Friday, and 12:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
The Albany is a five-furlong turf dash for 3-year-olds and up and the feature attracted a well-matched field of eight. The lineup includes multiple stakes-winner Ain’t No Other, a 6-year-old gelding who has been victorious in 10 of his 34 starts and earned $568,195.
The last time Ain’t No Other raced five furlongs on turf was Aug. 10, 2013, when he captured the Jess Jackson Owners’ Handicap at Santa Rosa by a neck in a very game effort. Jockey Juan Hernandez rode Ain’t No Other that day and will be back aboard the California-bred Saturday.
Ain’t No Other, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, tuned up for the Albany with a front-running victory in a six-furlong allowance race on Tapeta on May 18. The race was Ain’t No Other’s first after a brief layoff.
Hollendorfer will also send out Moonshine Bay in the Albany. A consistent 6-year-old gelding, Moonshine Bay has finished in the money in 34 of his 41 career starts and earned $334,017. Moonshine Bay placed third, beaten 1 1/2 lengths by Ain’t No Other, in last summer’s Jess Jackson Handicap.
The field for the Albany Stakes, in position order, is as follows: Pete’s Slew, Frank Alvarado rides; Incline Village, William Antongeorgi III; Teton County, Francisco Duran; Zehner’s Zenna, Alejandro Gomez; A Toast To You, Dennis Carr; Moonshine Bay, Russell Baze; Ain’t No Other, Hernandez; and Starspangled Heat, Abel Cedillo. All of the starters will carry 123 pounds with the exception of Pete’s Slew, who will tote 118.
Two Dachshund races will be presented before the first thoroughbred race Saturday – the first two heats will be run at 11:45 a.m. and 12:17 p.m., respectively – and the final eight will be contested between the thoroughbred events. The winning dog from each of the nine 30-yard heats will meet in the championship final scheduled for 4:27 p.m.
Fans attending the Sunday’s finale will pay just $1 for general parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas. Patrons will also enjoy a free concert by the popular Bay Area band Azure Moon, who will perform on the Trackside Stage between races.