Bevy of Stakes Winners To Compete Thursday, Friday At Golden Gate Fields

Bevy of Stakes Winners To Compete Thursday, Friday At Golden Gate Fields

Eight horses that own multiple stakes victories will be showcased at Golden Gate Fields when the track presents top-quality feature races Thursday and Friday.  Post time both days is 12:45 p.m.

     Thursday’s main event is the seventh race, a 1 1/16-mile turf contest for fillies and mares.  The lineup is headed by Antares World, a two-time stakes winner who is coming off solid tries in Grade 1 stakes in Southern California.  Trained by Steve Specht, Antares World ran second in the American Oaks at Hollywood Park and fourth in the Del Mar Oaks.

     Antares World, a 3-year-old filly who has five wins and two seconds in 12 career starts, will be coupled in the wagering with one of her teammates in the Specht barn, Lady Railrider, a 5-year-old mare who has five stakes victories.  Antares World and Lady Railrider were both bred in California by their owners, Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams.

     Specht’s duo will be joined by You Lift Me Up, a 5-year-old mare whose résumé features four stakes wins, including a triumph in the last race ever run at Bay Meadows (The Last Dance Stakes on Aug. 17, 2008); Ultra Blend, a 4-year-old filly who has two stakes victories; and Christmas Ship, a 5-year-old mare who has three stakes wins.  You Lift Me Up and Christmas Ship are both trained by Jerry Hollendorfer.

     Point of Reference, who has been the runner-up in four stakes, and Dianne Do, who finished third in the California State Fair Sprint Handicap in her most recent race, round out the field in Thursday’s feature.

     Kapo Di Tutti, who won a Group 1 stakes in his native Brazil last year, will make his U.S. debut Friday in the third race, a 1 1/16-mile allowance test for 3-year-olds and up.   Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella is conditioning Kapo Di Tutti, a 5-year-old horse who won eight of his 17 starts in his homeland, including three stakes.

     Kapo Di Tutti is scheduled to face four opponents Friday, including Autism Awareness, a 5-year-old horse who possesses two Grade 3 stakes wins, and Moudez, a    6-year-old ridgling with two stakes triumphs.  Autism Awareness is known for pulling off huge upsets as he paid $162 to win when he captured the El Camino Real Derby in 2008 and $62.80 when he won the Berkeley Stakes in 2009.

     Sir Al, who ran second in the 2009 Hawthorne Derby, and Langfuhrious complete the field in Friday’s headliner.

     Golden Gate Fields will conduct nine-race cards Saturday and Sunday.  Post time both days is 12:45 p.m. 

     Sunday is “Dollar NFL Sunday,” with the track offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers and $1 sodas, and all the football action via the NFL Sunday Ticket.  Golden Gate Fields’ summer concert series will continue with Love Fool taking the Trackside Stage.