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Carr Completes ‘Natural’ Riding Hat Trick With Feature Race Win
Jockey Dennis Carr completed a “natural” riding hat trick by guiding Regulus to a wire-to-wire victory in the featured eighth race at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
Carr kicked off his triple in the sixth race when he piloted 11-1 outsider Barrel Knot ($24.00) to a front-running victory in a 5 1/2-furlong race for 4-year-olds and up. Barrel Knot, owned and trained by Frances Henderson, defeated 2-1 favorite Cost of Freedom by 1 1/4 lengths.
Carr came right back to take the seventh race, a one-mile maiden allowance for
3-year-old fillies, with Life Is a Stone ($6.80). Life Is a Stone, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, rallied from just off the pace to win by 2 1/2 lengths as the 2-1 favorite in a field of 10.
The eighth race was a 1 1/16-mile allowance event for older horses and Carr and Regulus controlled the main event from start to finish. Allowed to glide through easy fractions – an opening quarter of a mile in :26.00, half-mile in :51.10 and three-quarters of a mile in 1:15.25 – Regulus had plenty left for the stretch drive and held off Massone to win by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:45.37.
Regulus, a Southern California shipper trained by Eoin Harty, paid $5.80 as the 9-5 favorite in a field of six. Owned by Darley Stable, Regulus earned $18,600 for his third victory in eight career starts.
The $1 “Dennis Carr Pick 3” covering races six through eight paid $118.40.
Racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields Thursday. Post time is 12:45 p.m.
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.