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G. G. Ryder To Make Stakes Debut In Alcatraz
G. G. Ryder, a colt who has been victorious in four of his past five races, will make his stakes debut Sunday at Golden Gate Fields in the $75,000 Alcatraz Stakes.
The Alcatraz is for 3-year-olds and will be decided at one mile on the Lakeside Turf Course. Five runners were entered in the feature and all but Flagman are coming off victories.
G. G. Ryder, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, opened the year with a pair of sprint victories on Tapeta and most recently captured one-mile allowance races on both Tapeta and turf. A third-place finish in a mile allowance race on Tapeta – sandwiched between the sets of victories – is the lone loss on G. G. Ryder’s 2014 record.
G. G. Ryder was bred in California and is by the A. P. Indy sire Chhaya Dance. The chestnut colt is owned in partnership by Hollendorfer and his longtime client, George Todaro.
Pete’s Slew, 2-for-2 this year and 4-for-6 lifetime, will make his turf debut in the Alcatraz and try a mile for only the second time. A game winner of two allowance sprints at the meeting, Pete’s Slew is trained by Tim McCanna.
Pazmeifucan, trained by Alex Paszkeicz, and Latitudefortytwo, from the Michael Larson barn, both broke their maidens racing a mile in their last outing. Pazmeifucan scored on Tapeta while Latitudefortytwo tallied on turf.
Pazmeifucan is a younger full brother to Pepper Crown, who last month won the Grade 3 $100,000 San Francisco Mile on the Golden Gate Fields turf.
Flagman, trained by Thomas Valenzuela, broke his maiden last year racing a mile on the Golden Gate Fields lawn. Although winless in three starts this year, Flagman finished third in a grassy allowance race at Santa Anita that was won by Dance With Fate, the sixth-place finisher in last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.
The field for the Alcatraz Stakes, in post position order, is as follows: Flagman, Barrington Harvey rides; Latitudefortytwo, Abel Cedillo; G. G. Ryder, Russell Baze; Pazmeifucan, Ricardo Gonzalez; and Pete’s Slew, Dennis Carr. All of the starters carry 120 pounds.
The Alcatraz will complete a weekend stakes double-header at Golden Gate Fields, which will present the $50,000-added Golden Poppy Stakes Saturday. Post time both days is 12:45 p.m.