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Final Week Of Fall Meeting Begins Thursday at GGF
The final week of racing at Golden Gate Fields’ fall meeting will feature eight-race programs on Thursday and Friday and nine-race cards on Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.
The main event during closing week is the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes, which will be run Saturday. The Pacific Heights is a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares bred in California.
Halo Dolly, a 3-year-old filly who has won seven of her 11 races this year, and Antares World, a multiple stakes-winner who has earned $332,988 in 20 career starts, head a field of six in the Pacific Heights.
Halo Dolly is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and will be ridden in the Pacific Heights by Russell Baze. Halo Dolly ran off five straight victories during the spring and summer months, a streak that included wins in the $61,910 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Santa Rosa and the $100,000 Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar.
Halo Dolly’s winning streak came to an end when she traveled to Pennsylvania to contest the Grade 2 Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing (formerly Philadelphia Park). The road trip proved to be a rough one as Halo Dolly finished last in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.
Halo Dolly bounced back from the defeat in impressive fashion when she humbled four older rivals in a one-mile allowance race at Golden Gate Fields on Nov. 13. Halo Dolly charged from just off the pace to score by six lengths under Baze.
Halo Dolly has finished in the money in 10 of her 12 career starts and has earned $232,670. A daughter of Popular, Halo Dolly was bred by Rod and Lorraine Rodriguez.
Antares World, a 4-year-old filly by Decarchy, won the 2010 California Oaks and 2010 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields. Bred by her owners, Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, Antares World finished second in the 2010 American Oaks, a Grade 1 event at Hollywood Park.
Steve Specht trains Antares World, who always runs well at Golden Gate Fields. In 12 starts at the East Bay racetrack, Antares World has six wins, five seconds and a third.
The field for the Pacific Heights Stakes, in post position order, is as follows: Two Thirds Victory, Kevin Krigger rides; Bleach Blonde, Inoel Beato; Antares World, Frank Alvarado; Halo Dolly, Russell Baze; Arrivederci Caro, David Lopez; and Sweetly Peppered, Abel Cedillo.
The Pacific Heights has been carded as the second race on Saturday’s nine-race program and will be run at approximately 1:15 p.m.