Final Week Of Golden Gate Fields’ Winter/Spring Meeting Begins Thursday

Final Week Of Golden Gate Fields’ Winter/Spring Meeting Begins Thursday

     The final week of the 2012-2013 winter/spring meeting at Golden Gate Fields will feature a seven-race program Thursday, an eight-race card Friday, and 10-race programs Saturday and Sunday.  Post time all four days is 12:45 p.m.

     Closing-weekend highlights include the $50,000 Lost in the Fog Stakes and the 2013 Wiener Nationals on Saturday, and a Dollar Day Program on Sunday that will include a “Jockey Meet & Greet” and a free concert by Tainted Love.
   
     The Lost in the Fog is a five-furlong dash for 2-year-olds that attracted a field of five. The lineup includes supplementary nominee Perched, a Doug O’Neill-trained filly who will be ridden by Kevin Krigger.  O’Neill and Krigger were in the national spotlight this spring thanks to Goldencents, who won the Santa Anita Derby and went on to compete in the Kentucky Derby (17th) and Preakness Stakes (fifth).

     Perched and the Jeff Bonde-trained colt Skydreamin will both make their career debuts in the Lost in the Fog.  The three other entrants – Olympic Jumble, Game Stone, and Tupelo Cush – are coming off maiden victories.

     Olympic Jumble, a gelded son of Olympio trained by Ellen Jackson, made an impressive debut at Golden Gate Fields on May 17 when he posted a 2 1/4-length victory in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden allowance race.

     The field for the Lost in the Fog will line up as follows: Olympic Jumble, Jesus Velazquez rides at 120 pounds; Skydreamin, Russell Baze, 117; Game Stone, Dennis Carr, 120; Tupelo Cush, Abel Cedillo, 120; and Perched, Krigger, 114

     The Wiener Nationals is a popular event in which Dachshund races are presented between the thoroughbred races.  The winning wieners from the nine 30-yard preliminary heats will meet in a championship final at the same distance.  The winner of each preliminary heat will win $50.  The winner of the championship final will win $300, the second-place finisher $200, and the third-place finisher $100.

     Fans will have the opportunity to visit with members of the Golden Gate Fields riding colony Sunday during the “Jockey Meet & Greet.”  Between races throughout the program, jockeys will be brought to an area next to the winner’s circle to sign autographs and have photos taken with fans.  Children will receive a free photo of the jockeys.
    
     General parking, general admssion, programs, hot dogs, beers, and sodas are just $1 Sunday, and Tainted Love will perform live on the Trackside Stage between races.

     Retherford Memorial – A memorial for former trainer Skip Retherford will be held Monday at 3 p.m. at 6091 Skyfarm Drive in Castro Valley.  Mr. Retherford, 82, died May 10 after a three-year battle with cancer.  For more information on the memorial, contact Skip's daughter, Kathy Gatterer, at 510-750-3568 or kgatterer@aol.com.

     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.