EARLY START FOR THANKSGIVING DAY CARD; $100,000 ALL AMERICAN STAKES FRIDAY AT GGF

EARLY START FOR THANKSGIVING DAY CARD; $100,000 ALL AMERICAN STAKES FRIDAY AT GGF

    Golden Gate Fields will present an eight-race Thanksgiving Day program Thursday and a special nine-race card Friday that will feature the $100,000 All American Stakes.

     Post time at Golden Gate Fields Thursday is 11:15 a.m., an early starting time that will allow fans to enjoy of day of racing and still get home in time for the Thanksgiving feast. Post time for the last race is 2:45 p.m., which is 2 1/2 hours before kickoff for the highly-anticipated NFL game between the San Francisco 49ers and the Baltimore Ravens.

     There is a carryover of $10,161 in Thursday’s Pick Six, which will be held on races three through eight.  Post time for the third race is 12:15 p.m.

     Golden Gate Fields is serving up some nice purses for horsemen on the Thanksgiving Day card as the first race is worth $29,000, the third race $21,000, the fourth race $32,000, the sixth race $29,000, and the eighth race $25,000.  Owners that have California-bred runners in those races are eligible for extra bonus money.

     Post time Friday at Golden Gate Fields is 12:45 p.m.  The Grade 3 All American is the eighth race on the program and is scheduled to be run at 4:15 p.m.

     Six talented horses are entered in the All American, which will be run at nine furlongs on the synthetic Tapeta racing surface.  The lineup includes 8-year-old millionaire and multiple stakes-winner Bold Chieftain, 2011 San Francisco Mile winner Our Nautique, 2011 Berkeley Stakes victor Uh Oh Bango, 2010 Swaps Stakes champion Skipshot, and the very sharp 4-year-old colt Dunmore East.  Highway Bandit, who is 2-for-3 this year, completes the field.

     The All American field, in post position order, is as follows: Bold Chieftain, Russell Baze rides; Uh Oh Bango, Aaron Gryder; Dunmore East, Inoel Beato; Our Nautique, Kevin Krigger; Highway Bandit, William Antongeorgi, III; and Skipshot, Frank Alvarado.  All of the starters will carry 123 pounds.  

     Golden Gate Fields will also host nine-race programs Saturday and Sunday.  Post time both days is 12:45 p.m.  Fans attending the races Sunday will enjoy an NFL Dollar Day card that features $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, $1 sodas, and the broadcast of all the football games via the Sunday Ticket.