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Dixico Scores Wire-To-Wire Victory
Dixico recorded his second straight victory and his third win in his last four starts when he led from start to finish in the one-mile feature race at Golden Gate Fields Sunday.
Superbly rated on the lead by jockey Kerwin John, Dixico got away with leisurely fractions of :25.42 (opening quarter of a mile), :50.57 (half-mile) and 1:15.14 (six furlongs).
The soft pace allowed Dixico to have plenty left for the stretch drive and the
4-year-old colt courageously fought off My Samurai Warrior through the lane and then just held off stretch-running Magic of the Moon to win by a head. Magic of the Moon took second by a head over My Samurai Warrior.
Dixico, trained by Steve Specht, was timed in 1:39.40 and paid $7.40 as the 5-2 favorite in a field of eight. Owned by Richard Dickson, Dixico earned $18,000 for the victory in the $33,300 allowance event.
Leading jockey Russell Baze had a riding hat trick. Baze won the first race with Chukchi Sunrise ($2.20), the second with Cava Kavia ($14.80), and the sixth with Isadaisybelle ($7.00). Baze tops the rider standings with 51 victories through 28 days of competition at the fall meeting.
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.