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Final Weekend Of Fall Meeting Begins Friday With Free Admission For Bandwagon Giants Fans
Now that the San Francisco Giants are merely playoff observers, Golden Gate Fields will offer people that openly admit they were bandwagon fans of the 2010 World Series champions with free admission to the races Friday.
The “Front-Runner Friday” promotion provides free general admission to any patron that walks up to the admission gates and states, “I was a front-running Giants fan.” Golden Gate Fields will also give two Turf Club passes to any fan that donates an item of Giants apparel – such as T-shirt, sweatshirt or even a Panda hat – to Golden Gate Fields’ clothing drive that will benefit a local charity.
Golden Gate Fields will present an eight-race card Friday and post time is 12:45 p.m. Friday’s card kicks off the final weekend of racing at the fall meeting, which concludes Sunday.
Golden Gate Fields will conduct 10-race cards Saturday and Sunday and post time both days is 12:45 p.m. The local programs will be enhanced by the simulcast of several important stakes races from around the country that serve as steppingstones to the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4-5.
The Saturday simulcast lineup is headed by the $750,000 Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont Park, the $750,000 Cotillion at Parx Racing, the $250,000 Lady’s Secret at Santa Anita, the $500,000 Joe Hirsch Turf Classic at Belmont Park, the $500,000 Flower Bowl at Belmont Park, the $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Santa Anita, the $350,000 Vosburgh at Belmont Park, the $250,000 Kelso at Belmont Park, and the $250,000 Norfolk at Santa Anita.
Blind Luck, the champion filly trained by Northern California’s Jerry Hollendorfer, will face six rivals in the Grade 1 Lady’s Secret. Blind Luck will be seeking her fourth straight graded stakes victory and looking to add to her impressive bankroll of $3,279,520.
The Sunday simulcast slate is highlighted by the $150,000 Clement Hirsch Turf Championship and $250,000 Oak Leaf Stakes at Santa Anita, and four stakes at Belmont Park – the $150,000 Nashua, the $150,000 Tempted, the $100,000 Pilgrim, and the $100,000 Miss Grillo.
Baze On The Road -- Jockey Russell Baze will be on the road Saturday and Sunday to ride in stakes events in Pennsylvania and Canada.
Baze will be in Bensalem, Penn., to ride Halo Dolly in the Grade 2 $750,000 Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing (formerly Philadelphia Park). Halo Dolly is trained by Hollendorfer and brings a five-racing winning streak into the 1 1/16-mile race for
Baze will be in Vancouver, B.C., Canada, on Sunday to ride in three stakes at Hastings Park. Baze has the call on Too Much Dirt in the $50,000 CTHS Sales Stakes, Class Included in the Grade 3 $100,000 Ballerina Stakes, and Jebrica in the $100,000 BC Premier’s Handicap.
Baze, who has been the leading rider at the past 12 Golden Gate Fields meetings and owns 40 career riding championships at the Albany track, won’t be the top jockey at the fall meeting. Baze has four mounts Friday but is five wins behind leader Aaron Gryder, who tops the jockey standings with 25 victories. Juan Hernandez is second with 21 wins and Baze is third with 20.