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Bold Chieftain, Delightful Kiss Among Eight Entered In Berkeley
Millionaires Bold Chieftain and Delightful Kiss are among the eight horses entered in the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile race that will be run Monday at Golden Gate Fields.
The Berkeley will highlight a special Memorial Day racing program that will feature nine races, a stadium chair giveaway (one per paid admission), a free concert by Busta Groove, and a Family Day celebration that will include many free activities for kids, including pony rides. Post time is 12:45 p.m.
Bold Chieftain, an 8-year-old horse with $1,558,291 in career earnings, will be running in the Berkeley for the third straight year. Trained by William J. Morey, Jr., Bold Chieftain finished second to Run It in the 2010 Berkeley and second to Autism Awareness in the 2009 running. Bold Chieftain lost both races by a head.
Bold Chieftain has 17 victories and eights seconds in 40 lifetime starts and will be gunning for his 14th career stakes victory Monday. Jockey Russell Baze has ridden Bold Chieftain in 30 of his races and he’ll be aboard the veteran again in the Berkeley.
Delightful Kiss, a 7-year-old gelding who has earned $1,093,595 in 32 career starts, won the Grade 3 All American Stakes at Golden Gate Fields in 2008. A five-time stakes winner, Delightful Kiss captured the Ohio and Iowa Derbies in 2007 for trainer Pete Anderson.
Trainer Aggie Ordonez, the daughter of Anderson, will saddle Delightful Kiss Monday when the veteran makes his first start of 2011. Delightful Kiss will be ridden by William Antongeorgi III.
The field for the Berkeley Stakes, in post position order, is as follows: Bold Chieftain, Baze rides; Hudson Landing, Frank Alvarado; Uh Oh Bango, Aaron Gryder; Mobilized, Abel Cedillo; Knockout Artist, Francisco Duran; Our Nautique, Kevin Krigger; Delightful Kiss, Antongeorgi; and Autism Awareness, Juan Hernandez.
Jockeys Sent To Hospitals -- Jockey Kevin Krigger was sent to Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley and jockey Julien Couton was transported to Highland Hospital in Oakland after sustaining injuries in separate accidents Friday.
Krigger was unseated in the first race when his mount, Rooster City, ducked in sharply shortly after the start of the six-furlong race. Krigger sprained his left index finger and went to Alta Bates for X-rays, which proved negative.
Couton hit the ground hard in the six-furlong fifth race when his mount, Nassau Gold, slowed on the far turn, fell and died. Couton sustained bruises to his back and was taken to Highland for X-rays, which proved negative. A necropsy will be performed on Nassau Gold to determine what felled the 5-year-old gelding.