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Antares World Is Heavy Favorite In Pacific Heights Stakes at GGF
Antares World will be a heavy favorite Saturday to end her 2010 campaign the same way she started it – with a stakes victory at Golden Gate Fields.
Antares World, who celebrated New Year’s Day with a win in the California Oaks, is a 3-to-5 favorite on the morning line to capture the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes Saturday. A 1 1/8-mile test for fillies and mares bred in California, the Pacific Heights is scheduled to be run on the turf but the continued rains will likely force officials to move the feature to Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface.
Antares World, a very consistent 3-year-old filly trained by Steve Specht, will face five older rivals in the Pacific Heights, including stablemate Shes a Lucky Wager. Antares World will break from post position five and be ridden by Frank Alvarado.
Antares World is 4-for-4 at Golden Gate Fields this year with two wins on Tapeta and two on turf. Included in the four victories are stakes scores in the California Oaks (on Tapeta) and the Golden Poppy (on turf). Although winless in five tries in Southern California this year, Antares World ran a game second in the Grade 1 American Oaks at Hollywood Park and finished fourth in both the Grade 1 Del Mar Oaks and Grade 2 Hollywood Oaks.
Owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, Antares World has six wins, two seconds and two thirds in 14 career starts and $285,458 in earnings.
The field for the Pacific Heights, in post position order with jockeys, weights and morning-line odds, is as follows: Shes a Lucky Wager, Chad Schvaneveldt, 123, 20-to-1; Catsalot, Julien Couton, 123, 5-to-2; Taylor Jean, Inoel Beato, 123, 20-to-1; I Can Hear, Russell Baze, 123, 7-to-2; Antares World, Alvarado, 121, 3-to-5; and Blue Moon High, Hector Romero, 123, 20-to-1.
Post time for the Pacific Heights, the third event on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m., is 1:47 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields will conclude its 2010 fall meeting Sunday and fans attending the finale will enjoy the best bargain in Bay Area sports – $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas. Patrons will also be able to view all the football action via Golden Gate Fields’ subscription to the NFL Sunday Ticket.