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Belmont Stakes Simulcast Will Highlight Busy Closing Weekend At Golden Gate Fields
The simulcast of the Belmont Stakes, the running of the Lost in the Fog Stakes, a wine festival, a dollar day card, a salute to law enforcement, and a book signing are all part of closing weekend at Golden Gate Fields.
The final week of the 2010-2011 winter/spring meeting begins with an eight-race card Thursday and will continue with racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, closing day. Post time is 12:45 p.m. with the exception of Saturday, Belmont Stakes Day, when first post is 11:45 a.m.
All gates at Golden Gate Fields will open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday to facilitate the simulcast of the entire Belmont Stakes Day card from Belmont Park in New York. Post time for the first race at Belmont Park is 8:35 a.m.
Post time for the $1 million Belmont Stakes, which will feature Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness Stakes champion Shackleford, is 3:35 p.m. Twelve 3-year-olds are entered in the 1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes, the final leg of thoroughbred racing’s Triple Crown.
The $50,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes will kick off Saturday’s 10-race card at Golden Gate Fields. Six 2-year-olds, all of which are coming off maiden victories, will meet in the five-furlong Lost in the Fog. The field includes the Jerry Hollendorfer-trained filly City Route, who scored by 5 1/2 lengths in her career debut on May 19.
Golden Gate Fields will host a Belmont Stakes Wine Festival from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. The festival will be held next to the winner's circle and for $20 fans will receive a GGF signature wine glass, five tastings of wines from the East Bay Vintner's Alliance, and hors d'oeuvres. Live music and an art exhibit will also be featured at the festival.
Sunday's closing-day program will feature $1 specials (general parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas will cost just a buck apiece) and live music by Tainted Love.
Golden Gate Fields will salute law enforcement Sunday by presenting Heroes & Horses, an event in which fans can get an up-close look at squad cars, helicopters, and motorcycles, and visit special law enforcement booths.
Author Richard J. Maturi, who is on a national book tour, will be at Golden Gate Fields Saturday and Sunday to sign copies of his book “Triple Crown Winner: the Earl Sande Saga.” Sande won the Belmont Stakes five times in 10 years.