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Cathy’s Crunches Tops The Boys In Golden Nugget Stakes at GGF
Cathy’s Crunches, who crushed her fellow 2-year-old fillies in the Golden Gate Debutante Stakes on Nov. 6, proved she can also beat male rivals Saturday when she posted a smart victory in the $51,200 Golden Nugget Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
Cathy’s Crunches enjoyed an uncontested, easy lead when she rambled to a five-length victory in the six-furlong Debutante, which she captured in 1:10.15. Saturday, she applied pressure to front-running favorite McKenzies Way before taking the lead and then turned back a challenge from Jerry’s Fever before drawing away to a 2 1/4-length score in 1:09.54.
Jockey Chad Schvaneveldt rode Cathy’s Crunches to both victories and is very impressed with the Florida-bred daughter of West Acre.
“This was a good test for her today,” said Schvaneveldt. “There were a couple of nice colts in there. She showed big-time improvement from her last race. She had to dig a little deeper today and she went 1:09 and change. And, she was coming back in two weeks. She’s nice filly.”
Cathy’s Crunches is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who consulted with Schvaneveldt before entering his filly in the Golden Nugget.
“I asked Chad how easily she won the last race and then asked if he thought she could beat the boys and he said she could,” said Hollendorfer, who purchased Cathy’s Crunches after she won her debut by 9 1/2 lengths at Calder Race Course last June. “I’m looking for horses that have a chance to do something.”
Cathy’s Crunches has already proven she can do some things, such as win at three different racetracks (Calder, Del Mar and Golden Gate Fields), win stakes and defeat male competition. Since all four of her wins have come sprinting, the next question is will she able to successful race a distance of ground.
“I think she’ll run on and get two turns because she relaxes so well,” said Schvaneveldt.
“I think she can stretch out but I don’t know if I want to try that in just three weeks,” said Hollendorfer, noting that the one-mile Corte Madera Stakes will be run Dec. 11 at Golden Gate Fields.
Cathy’s Crunches was the 2-to-1 second choice in the Golden Nugget and paid $6.00. Owned in partnership by Hollendorfer and Mark DeDomenico, Cathy’s Cruches earned $30,000 Saturday and has made $108,520 in her six career starts.
Jerry’s Fever took second in the Golden Nugget by two lengths over Hollywood Fierce. McKenzies Way, the even-money favorite under Russell Baze, tired in the final furlong and checked in last in the field of six.
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Sunday, when the track will offer $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, and $1 sodas. Post time is
12:45 p.m. and the track will broadcast all the football games via the NFL Sunday Ticket.