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Exit Stage Left 7-5 Favorite In Gold Rush Stakes
Exit Stage Left, a colt that captured the Golden Nugget Stakes in his career debut on Nov. 9, is the 7-5 morning line favorite in Saturday’s $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The Gold Rush, a one-mile event for 2-year-olds, is the third race on a nine-race card that begins at 12:45 p.m. Post time for the Gold Rush is 1:45 p.m.
Exit Stage Left overcame some adversity – he dropped off the pace after propping on the far turn – to win the six-furlong Golden Nugget by a neck over Unusual Americaine, a gelding he’ll face again in the Gold Rush.
Exit Stage Left was bred in New Jersey and is by the sire Noonmark. Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer purchased Exit Stage Left for $100,000 at the Barretts March Sale and races him in partnership with longtime client Mark DeDomenico.
Hall of Famer Russell Baze rode Exit Stage Left in the Golden Nugget and is sticking with the colt for the Gold Rush. Exit Stage Left will break from the outside post in a field of six.
The field for the Gold Rush, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Pete’s Slew, Frank Alvarado, 6-1; Rockford, Juan Hernandez, 6-1; Unusual Americaine, Alejandro Gomez, 3-1; Argyle Cut, Dennis Carr, 5-1; Mr. Discipline, Kevin Krigger, 6-1; and Exit Stage Left, Baze, 7-5. All of the starters carry 120 pounds.
Carr Rides Back-To-Back Long Shot Winners -- Dennis Carr, the second-leading jockey at Golden Gate Fields with 33 victories, rode back-to-back long shot winners Friday. Carr won the fourth race with 16-1 Pop Fizz Clink ($34.00) and the fifth with 9-1 All That Rocks ($20.00). The $2 Carr Daily Double paid $694.80.