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Early Post at GGF Thanksgiving Day, All American Stakes Featured Friday
Golden Gate Fields will serve up horse racing throughout the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, offering cards Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Golden Gate Fields has scheduled a special early post time of 11:15 a.m. for Thursday’s eight-race program, a starting time that will allow fans to enjoy a day of racing and still get home in time for Thanksgiving dinner. Post time for the eighth race is 2:45 p.m.
All gates open at 9:30 a.m. and a buffet featuring traditional Thanksgiving Dinner classics will be offered in the Turf Club. The betting menu for the holiday card includes a Pick Six carryover of $22,921.
Golden Gate Fields will present nine-race programs Friday, Saturday and Sunday, with first post at 12:45 p.m.
The main event during the holiday weekend is the $100,000 All American Stakes, a Grade 3 race that will be run Friday at 1 1/8-miles on the Tapeta racing surface. Interpatation, an 8-year-old gelding who owns a Grade 1 victory and $1,191,324 in earnings, is among the eight runners entered in the All American.
Interpatation scored a shocking victory in the Grade 1 Turf Classic Invitational at Belmont Park last year when he came back on after being passed by grass champion Gio Ponti in midstretch. A 47-to-1 longshot, Interpatation surged back to win the 1 1/2-mile race by 1 3/4-lengths over Gio Ponti and pay $89.50.
The All American field also includes the following stakes-winners: Autism Awareness, who won the 2009 Berkeley Stakes at Golden Gate Fields at odds of 30-to-1 and the 2008 El Camino Real Derby at Bay Meadows at 62-to-1; Saratoga Boot, who scored a wire-to-wire victory in the Emerald Downs Derby on Aug. 15; and Slew the Man, who captured the Chinook Pass Stakes at Emerald Downs on Sept. 12.
Massone, a 4-year-old colt who has won only twice but has amassed $477,342 in earnings while facing top stakes company, and Our Nautique, who has won three of his last four starts, are two other top contenders in the All American. The field is rounded out by Cigar Man, who ran third in the Mervyn LeRoy Handicap at Hollywood Park in May, and Hot Chaco, who finished third behind Our Nautique and Massone in an allowance race at Golden Gate Fields on Oct. 23.
In post position order, the field for the All American is as follows: Interpatation, Chris Russell rides at 123 pounds; Saratoga Boot, Francisco Duran, 120; Our Nautique, Leslie Mawing, 123; Cigar Man, Juan Hernandez, 123; Hot Chaco, Chad Schvaneveldt, 123; Autism Awareness, David Lopez, 123; Massone, Frank Alvarado, 123; and Slew the Man, Russell Baze, 120.