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Bailouttheminister Fights Back To Win By A Head
Bailouttheminister fought back after losing the lead to Gallant Son inside the eighth pole to score a thrilling photo-finish victory in the $40,321 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Friday.
Bailouttheminister, ridden by Russell Baze, re-rallied in the final sixteenth of a mile to surge back in front of Gallant Son and jockey Julien Couton in the final yards. Bailouttheminister scored by a head while running six furlongs in 1:09.82. Hudson Landing finished third, four lengths behind the top two.
Bailouttheminister was coming off a very frustrating outing in the Albany Stakes, a race in which he finished next-to-last as the 5-2 favorite. Bailouttheminister broke last from post one in the Albany and then had to steady hard on the turn while trying to go inside Gallant Son, who went on to win the stakes at odds of nearly 8-1.
Bailouttheminister was a slight favorite Friday over Gallant Son – 6-5 to 7-5 – and paid $4.40 after notching his seventh victory in 19 career starts. Trained by Keith Nations, Bailouttheminister won the Sam J. Whiting Handicap at Pleasanton last summer and has earned $239,654 for owners Edward and Theresa DeNike.
Bred in California by Larry Hanson and Harmony Farms, Bailouttheminister is a
5-year-old gelded son of Ministers Wild Cat.
Racing continues Golden Gate Fields Saturday and Sunday with first post at
Ten lucky fans attending the races Sunday will have the opportunity to participate in Golden Gate Fields’ $100,000 St. Patrick’s Day Horseshoe Pitch. The fans will be selected via a drawing and the first person to throw a ringer will win $100,000. If no one throws a ringer, the person that pitches the shoe closest to the stake will win a turf club package for four.
Sunday is Dollar Day at Golden Gate Fields so St. Patrick’s Day revelers will be treated to $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas.
Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation. The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.