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Gold Rush Stakes Highlights Four-Day Racing Week At GGF
The $75,000 Gold Rush Stakes highlights a four-day racing week at Golden Gate Fields, which will present eight-race programs Thursday and Friday and nine-race cards Saturday and Sunday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.
The Gold Rush is a one-mile race for 2-year-olds that will be contested Saturday. A steppingstone the California Derby on Jan. 15, the Gold Rush attracted a field of eight and will be run at approximately at 3:45 p.m.
The Gold Rush lineup includes Luckarack, a multiple stakes-winner trained by Steve Specht, and Grand Maneuver, who has won three straight races while competing at three different tracks for trainer Danny Velasquez.
Luckarack won his first three races and the hat trick included victories in sprint stakes at Pleasanton and Santa Rosa. Luckarack’s winning streak was snapped on Sept. 11 at Golden Gate Fields when he tried two turns for the first time in the 1 1/16-mile Angel Island Stakes and finished a distant fifth.
Luckarack made his most recent start on Oct. 30 at Hollywood Park and finished fourth in the 1 1/16-mile California Cup Juvenile. Luckarack missed third-place in Cal Juvenile by just a neck and was only beaten two lengths by winner Slammer Time.
Luckarack, a California-bred son of Lucky Pulpit, is owned by his breeders, Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams.
Grand Maneuver broke his maiden at Fairplex Park, winning a 1 1/16-mile race for $32,000 maiden claimers by 4 3/4 lengths on Sept. 22. Grand Maneuver came back to win a seven-furlong starter allowance race at Hollywood Park on Oct. 14 and a one-mile allowance test on the turf at Golden Gate Fields on Nov. 12.
John Pinner owns Grand Maneuver, a Kentucky-bred colt by Grand Slam.
The field for the Gold Rush Stakes, in post position order, is as follows: Eddie Coddana, Francisco Duran rides; Luckarack, Frank Alvarado; Positive Response, Julien Couton; Runaway Wildcat, Juan Hernandez; Grand Maneuver, Leslie Mawing; Rule He Must, Hector Romero; Mr. Candy Bar, Russell Baze; and King Cola, Chad Schvaneveldt. All of the starters carry 119 pounds.