Classy Field Of Nine Entered In Grade 3 $100,000 SF Mile

Classy Field Of Nine Entered In Grade 3 $100,000 SF Mile

     Nine horses, including five stakes-winners, are set to start in the $100,000 San Francisco Mile at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.

     Northern California’s top turf race, the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile will be the featured seventh race on a nine-race program that begins at 12:45 p.m.  Post time for the SF Mile is 3:45 p.m.

     The SF Mile lineup features three multiple stakes-winners – Bold Chieftain, an
8-year-old horse with lifetime earnings of $1,552,291 and the defending SF Mile champion; French-bred Blue Chagall, a Group 3 winner in his homeland and a winner of three stakes in the U.S.; and Gallant Son, victor of the Grade 3 Inglewood Handicap at Hollywood Park last year and an owner of five stakes wins.

     Rounding out the list of stakes-winners in the SF Mile are Dream Nettie, who captured the La Puente Stakes at Santa Anita last year, and Hudson Landing, who took the 2010 running of Alcatraz Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
     Hoping to join the ranks off stakes-winners Saturday are Sebastian Flyte, Times Gone By, Our Nautique and Baton Roo.   

     Sebastian Flyte is a British-bred horse who finished second, beaten a neck, in the Grade 1 Hollywood Derby last year.  Top jockey Patrick Valenzuela is taking a day off at Hollywood Park to ride Sebastian Flyte in the SF Mile for trainer Ben Cecil.

     Jockey Brice Blanc, who is also based in Southern California, is joining Valenzuela in the trip north to pilot Times Gone By for Hall of Fame trainer Richard Mandella.  Times Gone By finished fourth in the Grade 1 Frank E. Kilroe Mile at Santa Anita on March 5.

     Our Nautique has finished in the money in his last nine starts and was victorious in four of those races.  Baton Roo is a 4-year-old gelding who has won three of his five career starts and carries a two-race winning streak into the SF Mile.

     A father-son battle will take place in the 2011 SF Mile as Bold Chieftain is trained by William J. Morey, Jr., and Hudson Landing is conditioned by his son, William E. Morey.

     The SF Mile field, in post position order, is as follows: Our Nautique, Kevin Krigger rides; Times Gone By, Blanc; Sebastian Flyte, Valenzuela; Baton Roo, Aaron Gryder; Gallant Son, William Antongeorgi, III; Dream Nettie, Juan Hernandez; Bold Chieftain, Russell Baze; Hudson Landing, Frank Alvarado; and Blue Chagall, Julien Couton.  All of the starters will carry 122 pounds.