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Early Opening At GGF For Belmont Simulcast, Lost in the Fog Stakes, Wine Festival
All gates at Golden Gate Fields open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for a big day of racing that will feature the simulcast of the entire Belmont Stakes Day card from Belmont Park in New York, a 10-race local program that is headlined by the Lost in the Fog Stakes, and a wine festival.
Belmont Park’s 13-race program begins at 8:35 a.m., so fans who want to play the opener should go straight to the betting windows as soon as they enter Golden Gate Fields. The $1 million Belmont Stakes, the final leg of the Triple Crown, is the 11th race on the marathon card and will be run at 3:35 p.m.
Animal Kingdom and Nehro, the first two finishers in the Kentucky Derby, and Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford are among the 12 runners set to match strides in the
1 1/2-mile Belmont Stakes.
First post at Golden Gate Fields is 11:45 a.m. and the program begins with the Lost in the Fog Stakes, a five-furlong sprint for 2-year-olds that attracted a field of six. The colt Mighty Monsoon and the filly City Route, both impressive winners in their career debuts, are the top two favorites on the morning line at 9-to-5 and 2-to-1, respectively.
Golden Gate Fields will host a Belmont Stakes Wine Festival from noon to 4 p.m. The festival will be held next to the winner's circle and for $20 fans will receive a GGF signature wine glass, five tastings of wines from the East Bay Vintner's Alliance, and hors d'oeuvres. Live music and an art exhibit will also be featured at the festival.
GGF Notes: Golden Gate Fields will wrap up its 2010-2011 winter/spring meeting Sunday with a 10-race “Dollar Day” card. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and general parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas will all cost just a buck apiece. The popular band Tainted Love will perform on the Trackside Stage and GGF will salute law enforcement by presenting Heroes & Horses, an event in which fans can get an up-close look at squad cars, helicopters, and motorcycles, and visit special law enforcement booths….Author Richard J. Maturi, who is on a national book tour, will be at GGF Saturday and Sunday to sign copies of his book “Triple Crown Winner: the Earl Sande Saga.” Sande won the Belmont Stakes five times in 10 years.