Eyes On The Prize Posts Upset In GGF Feature

Eyes On The Prize Posts Upset In GGF Feature

     Eyes On the Prize rallied from last in a field of seven to spring a 10-to-1 upset victory in the $36,768 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields Friday.

     Eyes On the Prize, ridden by Leslie Mawing, charged down the middle of the stretch to win the 1 1/16-mile contest for fillies and mares by 2 1/4 lengths over Catch Lorraine.  Bleach Blonde finished third, a neck behind Catch Lorraine and a neck in front of 2-to-1 favorite Broken Silence.  

     Trained by Frank Lucarelli, Eyes On the Prize clocked a time of 1:45.71 while recording her second straight victory on Golden Gate Fields’ Tapeta racing surface.  Eyes On the Prize paid $22.20 to her backers and earned $19,800 for her owner, Ron Crockett.

     Leading jockey Russell Baze rode three winners Friday.  Baze took the second race with Victoriously ($4.40), the fifth with Ex Angel ($6.80), and the sixth with Mr. Monkey Jones ($5.80).
     Saturday’s racing program at Golden Gate Fields will feature nine local races (post time is 12:45 p.m.) and a bevy of interesting simulcasts.  The simulcast slate includes the $10 million Dubai World Cup (10:35 a.m.) from Meydan Racecourse in Dubai, the $500,000 Vinery Racing Spiral Stakes (2:31 p.m.) from Turfway Park in Florence, Ky., and the $1 million Louisiana Derby (3:03 p.m.) from Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

     The 3-to-1 morning line favorite in the Spiral Stakes is Northern California’s Positive Response, winner of the California Derby at Golden Gate Fields.  Positive Response is trained by William E. Morey and will be ridden by Julien Couton.

     Positive Response will face 11 rivals in the 1 1/8-mile Spiral, an important prep race for the Kentucky Derby.