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Antares World Upsets Halo Dolly In Pacific Heights Stakes At GGF
Antares World ran down 1-to-2 favorite Halo Dolly in the final yards to win the $75,560 Pacific Heights Stakes by three-quarters of a length Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
Antares World, ridden by Frank Alvarado, took the 1 1/8-mile turf race for California-bred fillies and mares in 1:50.67 on a course rated “good.” Halo Dolly, under Russell Baze, held on for second by a head over Sweetly Peppered and jockey Abel Cedillo.
Antares World, a 4-year-old filly by Decarchy, is owned by her breeders, Larry and Marianne Williams of Boise, Idaho. Steve Specht trains Antares World, who collected her third stakes victory and her seventh win in 21 career starts.
Antares World stalked pacesetter Two Thirds Victory early and then was passed by Halo Dolly midway down the backstretch when Baze decided to let the favorite join Two Thirds Victory on the lead. Antares World was also passed briefly by Sweetly Peppered and Arrivederci Caro in midstretch before she rallied to overtake them all in the final sixteenth of a mile.
“Steve said if they give you the lead, take it, but I saw Kevin (jockey Krigger on Two Thirds Victory) go for it,” said Alvarado. “Antares World doesn’t have to be on the lead, and she was nice and relaxed. When I saw Russell move up to put pressure on Kevin, I let him go. My filly had a second gear in the stretch. I was confident.”
Antares World was the second wagering choice in the field of six and paid $9.00. The winner’s check of $45,300 boosted Antares World’s earnings to $378,288.
While Alvarado enjoyed a smooth trip with Antares World, Baze played a game of tug of war with Halo Dolly, who was pulling on her rider from the start.
“If she ever learned to relax, she’d never be beaten,” said Baze. “When they slowed that second quarter (mile) down she was running over Antares World’s heels. When my saddle started to slip a little bit on the backside, I said I better let her go and found a seam. I think it (failing to relax) cost her down the lane.”
Fall Meet Finale Sunday – Golden Gate Fields concludes its 2011 fall meeting with a nine-race program Sunday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the track is offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, and $1 sodas.
Golden Gate Fields will take a seven-day break for the holidays from Dec. 19-25. Live racing will resume on Monday, Dec. 26, when the track opens its 2011-2012 winter/spring meeting.