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Early Post Time For Thanksgiving Day Card Featuring Appetizing Carryovers
Before stuffing themselves at the dinner table, handicappers will have the chance to stuff their pockets with cash Thursday when Golden Gate Fields presents a special Thanksgiving Day racing program that features an early post time and carryovers galore.
Gates open at 9:30 a.m. and first post is 11:15 a.m. for the eight-race holiday card that will be completed by approximately 2:45 p.m. There is a $34,472 carryover in the Pick 5, a $19,033 carryover in the Pick 6, and a $4,072 carryover in the Super High Five.
It costs just 50 cents to play the Pick 5, which challenges bettors to pick the winners of the final five races on the card (races 4-8 Thursday). The $2 Pick 6 requires punters to pick the winners of the final six races (races 3-8 Thursday). The $1 Super High Five is always conducted on the fifth race and requires handicappers to pick the first five finishers in exact order.
The buffet of carryovers is the result of no one having a perfect ticket in the Pick 5, Pick 6 or Super High Five last Sunday. The horse that ruined most Pick 5 and Pick 6 tickets was Valiant Flame, who won the eighth race at odds of 39-1 and paid $81.20 as the longest shot in a field of eight.
Golden Gate Fields will present nine-race cards Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Post time those three days is 12:45 p.m.
Fans attending Golden Gate Fields on “Black Friday” will have the chance to win a 42-inch high-definition television as one television will be raffled off after each of the nine races on the program. The winning jockey from each race will reach into the contest bin, pull out an entry card, and announce the winner to the crowd.
Two stakes will be run during the holiday weekend – the Grade 3 $100,000 Berkeley Handicap on Friday and the $50,000-added Golden Gate Debutante on Saturday. The Berkeley is for 3-year-olds and up and will be run at 1 1/16-miles while the Debutante is a six-furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies. Both races will be contested on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface.
Summer Hit, a multiple stakes-winner trained by Hall of Famer Jerry Hollendorfer, and Teaks North, a Grade 1 stakes winner and the horse that set the pace in the Breeders’ Cup Turf at Santa Anita, are among the six entrants in the Berkeley.
Look Quickly, winner of the Juan Gonzalez Memorial Stakes at Pleasanton and undefeated in three starts, and supplemental entrant Swiss Lake Yodeler, winner of the $200,000 Golden State Juvenile Fillies on Breeders’ Cup Friday at Santa Anita, head a field of six in the Golden Gate Debutante. Hollendorfer trains Swiss Lake Yodeler.