Golden Gate Fields’ Fall Season Opens Thursday

Golden Gate Fields’ Fall Season Opens Thursday

     Golden Gate Fields’ fall racing season, a 36-day affair that features the $100,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes and the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap as the marquee events on its stakes schedule, begins Thursday with a seven-race program.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.  
 
    The fall meeting runs through Sunday, Dec. 15, and racing will be conducted on a Thursday-through-Sunday schedule.  There will be a special Monday program on 
Nov. 11, Veteran’s Day. 
 
     The 12:45 p.m. post time will be in effect throughout the season, although there will be early posts on Friday, Nov. 1 (12:05 p.m.), and Saturday, Nov. 2 (11:40 a.m.), to facilitate the simulcast of the Breeders’ Cup World Championships from Santa Anita.  Fans will get their first Breeders’ Cup bets “on the house” as Golden Gate Fields will give customers a cash voucher both Friday and Saturday. 
 
     Racing will also get started early – at 11:15 a.m. – on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28.  Golden Gate Fields offers an outstanding Thanksgiving Day buffet in the Turf Club and fans can make reservations by calling 510-559-7390.
 
     Fans attending Golden Gate Fields the day after Thanksgiving, a.k.a. “Black Friday,” will have the chance to win a 42-inch HD television.  A television will be raffled off after each of the nine races on Nov. 29, with the winning jockey from each race reaching into the contest bin and pulling out the name of the lucky winner.
 
     The promotion schedule also features a Halloween Family Day party on Sunday, Oct. 27, and a Toys For Tots Toy Drive on Sunday, Nov. 3.  The Halloween Family Day celebration will feature fun activities for kids, who are admitted to the track free.  The Toys For Tots Toy Drive, conducted in partnership with the United States Marine Corps Reserve, gives fans the opportunity to gain free club house admission by donating a new, unwrapped toy.
 
     Golden Gate Fields’ signature promotion and the best bargain in Bay Area sports, Dollar Day Sundays, will be offered throughout the meeting.  General parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs, and sodas cost just a buck each on Sundays.
 
     The Pike Place Dancer, a one mile turf race for 2-year-old fillies, and the Grade 3 Berkeley, a 1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-olds and up, head a roster of seven stakes.  The Pike Place Dancer will be run on Saturday, Oct. 26; the Berkeley on Friday, Nov. 29.
 
     The first stakes of the season will be contested Saturday when eight fillies and mares meet in the $50,000-added Miss America, a 1 1/16-mile turf race.  Multiple stakes-winner Halo Dolly, who posted a 1 3/4-length victory in last year’s running of the Miss America, is back to defend her title and will have the services of jockey Russell Baze. 
 
     Halo Dolly is a 5-year-old mare who has earned $870,736 while recording 16 victories, four seconds and four thirds in 33 career starts.  Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Halo Dolly has won nine stakes, including the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Del Mar last year. 
 
     The field for the Miss America, in post position order, is as follows: Going for a Spin, Leslie Mawing rides at 118 pounds; Stormy Lucy, Isaias Enriquez, 118; Halo Dolly, Baze, 123; Lady Aspen, William Antongeorgi, III, 118; Luscious Lonna, Jesus Velazquez, 118; Madame Pele, Dennis Carr, 117; Catrageous, Juan Hernandez, 120; and Cielator, Ronald Richard, 118.
 
     The fall stakes slate also includes the $50,000-added Golden Nugget, a six-furlong dash for 2-year-olds that will be run Saturday, Nov. 9; the $50,000-added Oakland, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up on Saturday, Nov. 16; the $50,000-added Golden Gate Debutante, a six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies on Saturday, Nov. 30; and the $75,000 Gold Rush, a one-mile race for 2-year-olds on Saturday, Dec. 7.
 
     Free ShowVivor Contest  --  Golden Gate Fields is giving fans a free shot at $1,000 during the fall meeting via the on-line handicapping contest ShowVivor.  
 
     ShowVivor challenges handicappers to pick one horse to show (finish first, second or third), in any race, each day during the 36-day meeting.  If a player is successful in picking a horse to show on opening day, the contestant survives to play ShowVivor again on day No. 2.  
 
     ShowVivor is a sudden-death contest, meaning players are eliminated the first time their horse fails to show.  The player who survives the most racing days will earn the 
winner-take-all prize of $1,000. 
 
     Fans wishing to participate in ShowVivor must register for the contest on line at www.goldengatefields.com and registration must be completed by 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
 
     ShowVivor selections must be registered on line at www.goldengatefields.com no later than 10 minutes prior to post time for the first race each day.  Contestants who fail to make a selection before the deadline are eliminated.
 
     For complete rules and more information about Golden Gate Fields’ inaugural ShowVivor contest, visit www.goldengatefields.com.