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Beato Rides Three Winners At GGF; Sherman Alone Atop Trainer Standings
Jockey Inoel Beato won with a 16-to-1 outsider and two favorites Friday at Golden Gate Fields to record a riding hat trick.
Beato scored a front-running victory in the first race with Bakers Beach, who defeated 8-to-5 favorite Trapper’s Bounty by a neck in the six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares. By far the largest price in a field of five, Bakers Beach paid $34.40.
Beato took the third race with even-money choice Caroline Elena, who led every step of the way in the six-furlong contest for fillies and mares. Caroline Elena paid $4.00 after collecting her sixth career victory.
Beato captured the seventh race with 6-to-5 favorite Moudez, who rallied from last in a field of eight to win a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up by 3 1/4 lengths over Niner Genius. Irish-bred Moudez paid $4.60.
Steve Sherman won one race Friday – the fifth with Suwaalif ($5.40) – to gain sole possession of first place in the trainer standings with two days remaining at the summer meeting. Sherman holds 15-14 advantage over Jerry Hollendorfer.
Golden Gate Fields will present a 10-race card Saturday and post time is 12:45 p.m. Sherman and Hollendorfer are scheduled to start six and seven horses, respectively.
Jockey Aaron Gryder, who guided Suwaalif to victory for Sherman, tops the rider standings with 26 victories. Juan Hernandez, who won the fourth race with High Intellect ($28.40), is second with 22 victories. Hernandez has eight mounts Saturday and Gryder has seven.
Saturday’s local card will enhanced by the simulcast of several important stakes races from across the country. The simulcast lineup includes the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park, the $750,000 Cotillion at Parx Racing, and the $250,000 Lady’s Secret and $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita.
Blind Luck, the champion filly trained by Hollendorfer, will face six rivals in the Grade 1 Lady’s Secret. Blind Luck will be seeking her fourth straight graded stakes victory and looking to add to her impressive bankroll of $3,279,520.
‘Front-Runner Friday’ Good Fun -- Golden Gate Fields’ “Front-Runner Friday” promotion, which offered free admission to people that admitted they were bandwagon fans of the 2010 World Series Champion San Francisco Giants and also encouraged fans to donate Giants apparel in exchange for two Turf Club passes, was a fun and successful event.
The clothing drive donations, which included Giants caps and World Series Championship T-shirts, will be given to the YEAH! (Youth Engagement, Advocacy, and Housing) program in Berkeley. YEAH provides seasonal shelter for homeless youth.