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Couton Enjoys Another Multiple Win Day At Golden Gate Fields
Jockey Julien Couton, picking up right where he left off last weekend, rode multiple winners Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
Couton posted riding doubles last Saturday and Sunday but topped those performances by riding three straight winners Friday. Couton scored his natural hat trick with a favorite and two longshots.
Couton won the fourth race with 8-5 favorite Roving Storm ($5.20), the fifth with 8-1 She’s the Tops ($18.80), and the sixth with Classical Bartok ($40.20). The $1 Pick 3 covering races four through six returned $623.30. The $2 Daily Double covering races five and six paid $584.20.
Couton has ridden at least one winner each of the first four racing days at the summer meeting and tops the jockey standings with eight victories.
Trainer Greg James saddled a pair of winners Friday. James captured the first race with Handfull ($14.60) and the third with Pacific Coast ($5.40).
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Saturday with a nine-race card that begins at 1:15 p.m. Saturday is Family Fun Day and the track will present many free activities for children, including a zip line, rock climbing wall, obstacle courses and bounce houses. Kids are admitted free and the activities will be held from noon to 4 p.m.
The featured simulcast race Saturday is the $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga.
Northern California training kingpin Jerry Hollendorfer will start Nonios, the 4-1 second choice on the morning line, in the 1 1/4-mile classic for 3-year-olds. Nonios finished second in the Haskell Invitational in his most recent start. The 5-2 favorite in the Travers is Alpha, who is coming off a front-running victory in the Jim Dandy Stakes.
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.