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GGF To Simulcast Kentucky Derby Preps And Host Wiener Nationals Saturday
Golden Gate Fields will simulcast a trio of important Kentucky Derby preps, present a 10-race card of its own, and host the Wiener Nationals Saturday.
Grandstand and Club House gates open at 10 a.m. and there is a special 12:15 p.m. post time. The early post time is due to Santa Anita starting its Santa Anita Derby Day program at noon. Golden Gate Fields offers full-card simulcast wagering on racing from Santa Anita.
Fans at Golden Gate Fields will be able to watch and wager on the $1 million Santa Anita Derby, the $1 million Wood Memorial at Aqueduct, and the $300,000 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne. All three races are 1 1/8-mile events.
Eleven 3-year-olds are entered in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Derby. The lineup includes Silver Medallion, who won the Bay Area’s top Kentucky Derby prep, the El Camino Real Derby, on Feb. 12 at Golden Gate Fields.
If Silver Medallion follows up his El Camino Real Derby win with victories in the Santa Anita Derby and the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course he’ll bag a $5.5 million jackpot for his connections ($5 million for owners Steve Marshall and Michael Ryan, and $500,000 for trainer Steve Asmussen) through the “Preakness 5.5” bonus program offered by MI Developments.
The Santa Anita Derby field is headed by Premier Pegasus and Jaycito, who ran one-two in the San Felipe Stakes on March 12. Premier Pegasus and Jaycito are ranked fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Daily Racing Form’s Derby Watch column.
Uncle Mo, the top-ranked horse in the Derby Watch, tops a cast of 10 in the Grade 1 Wood Memorial. Trained by Todd Pletcher, Uncle Mo is undefeated in four career starts and has won his races by an average of 6 3/4 lengths. Uncle Mo, a Kentucky-bred son of Indian Charlie, has earned $1,336,000 in his four races.
A full field of 12 will contest the Grade 3 Illinois Derby. The expected favorite is Watch Me Go, who scored a 43-to-1 upset in the Grade 2 Tampa Bay Derby on
March 12. Trained by Kathleen O’Connell, Watch Me Go has four wins in nine career starts.
The Wiener Nationals is a popular event in which Dachshund races are presented between the live thoroughbred races at Golden Gate Fields. The winning wieners from the 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 heat will win $300, the second-place finisher $200, and the third-place finisher $100.