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Apprentice Gonzalez, Jockey Frey Post Back-To-Back Wins
Apprentice Ricardo Gonzalez and jockey Kyle Frey both scored back-to-back victories on Thursday’s seven-race program at Golden Gate Fields.
Gonzalez won the third race with Billie’s Bling, who defeated even-money favorite Ya Wanna Hug by a half-length in the 5 1/2-furlong dash for fillies and mares.
Gonzalez came back to take the fourth race with Lucky Gotum, who rallied inside of the leaders down the stretch and won by two lengths over 34-1 Choovio in the five-furlong maiden race for 3-year-olds and up.
Billie’s Bling and Lucky Gotum were both 2-1 second choices in the wagering and paid $6.80 to win.
The victories provided Gonzalez, a 17-year-old native of Sinaloa, Mexico, with the second riding double of his young career. Gonzalez enjoyed his first two-win day on
July 21 at Sacramento when he tallied with longshots Prince Bandini ($16.40 in the sixth race) and Rebel Star ($41.20 in the 11th race).
Frey swept the fifth and sixth races on horses that were not fancied by the punters.
Frey won the fifth race, a one-mile race for fillies and mares, with 12-1 Miss Nikki J, who scored by a nose and paid $27.80. Frey capured the sixth race, a 5 1/2-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up, with 16-1 Tothemoonandbeyond, who returned $34.00 after defeating 3-2 favorite Wine and Song by 1 1/4 lengths.
Post time Friday at Golden Gate Fields is 3:45 p.m. and the track will offer fans “Happy Hour” food and drink specials from 3:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. (post time for the fifth race). The “Happy Hour” specials include all bottled beer for $3.50, Sauza margaritas for $5.00, Bulliet bourbon for $5.00, jumbo hot dogs for $2.00, regular nachos for $2.00, and fountain sodas for $2.00.