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English Royal Romps In Sprint Feature
English Royal surged to the lead at the top of the stretch and then increased her advantage through the final furlong to win the $31,758 sprint feature in very impressive fashion Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
Trained by William E. Morey and ridden by Kyle Frey, English Royal took the
5 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares by 4 1/2 lengths in a quick 1:03.18. Personal Sunset placed second by 1 1/4 lengths over Chukchi Sunrise.
English Royal was making her third start following a two-month break in racing and had tuned up for Saturday’s race with a pair of bullet (fastest of the morning) workouts.
Seventh in her most recent start, English Royal was dismissed at 7-1 in the betting and paid $16.20 to win.
English Royal, a 5-year-old mare by City Zip, earned $18,600 for her owners, Martin Bach and Jack Owens. Bred in Kentucky, English Royal has eight wins, four seconds and two thirds in 21 career starts and $183,324 in earnings.
Jockeys William Antongeorgi III and Russell Baze both had riding doubles Saturday. Antongeorgi won the fourth race with John Bully’s Bob ($7.20) and the seventh with Dee Mans Rocket ($8.40). Baze scored with Mile High Bunk ($10.20) in the fifth race and Slippery Slewp ($10.40) in the ninth.
Golden Gate Fields will present a Dollar Day program Sunday and also show the NFC Championship game between the 49ers and Falcons on televisions throughout the facility.
General parking, general admission, programs, hot dogs, beers and sodas all cost just a buck. Gates open at 10 a.m. and post time is 12:45 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields will present a special racing card Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Post time for the holiday program 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.