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Giant Ego Repeats For Specht And Alvarado
In nearly a duplication of his previous race, Giant Ego came from just off the pace to win the $28,000 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields by a half-length Thursday.
Giant Ego, who defeated the speedy Wildcat Moon by a half-length in a similar race on March 8, once again overhauled that rival in the stretch and then just held off Soldiers Point. Soldiers Point took second by a neck over Wildcat Moon.
Giant Ego, who paid $5.00 after going off as a 3-2 favorite in his previous start, returned $6.00 Thursday as the 2-1 second choice in a talented field of five. Trained by Steve Specht and ridden by Frank Alvarado, Giant Ego was timed in 1:10.87.
Giant Ego was bred in Idaho by his owners, Art and Betty Suitter. A 4-year-old gelded son of Cause Ur Mine, Giant Ego earned $16,800 for his fifth victory in 11 career starts. Giant Ego has finished in the money in all but one of his races.
Trainer Bill Patterson saddled a pair of winners Thursday. Patterson took the fourth race with Millie’s Topper ($4.00) and the sixth with Hotaling Heart ($13.80), a horse named after Marine Cpl. Josh Hotaling, who lost both legs to an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan in 2011.
Hotaling, who owned Hotaling Heart in partnership with Bob Bone, was in attendance Thursday and standing trackside when his horse scored by 1 3/4 lengths over Whodoo Pirate. Jockey Isaias Enriquez rode Hotaling Heart and pointed his whip at Hotaling while crossing the wire victoriously.
Unfortunately for Hotaling, Hotaling Heart was claimed out of the race for $12,500 by trainer Gary Greiner for owner Rick Reynolds.
Racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields Friday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the track will offer advance wagering on the eight stakes races that will be contested on Saturday’s $27 million Dubai World Cup program.