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Halo Dolly Is 7-To-5 Choice In Pacific Heights Stakes
Halo Dolly has been victorious in seven of her 11 races this year and the 3-year-old filly is favored to pick up another win Saturday in the $75,000 Pacific Heights Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
Halo Dolly is the 7-to-5 morning line favorite in the Pacific Heights, a 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares bred in California. Antares World, a multiple stakes-winner, is the second choice in the field of six at 2-to-1.
Halo Dolly is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who saw his charge win five straight races during the spring and summer months. Halo Dolly’s winning streak included victories in a pair of turf stakes – the 1 1/16-mile Diamond Jubilee at Santa Rosa and the one-mile Solana Beach Handicap at Del Mar.
Halo Dolly, a California-bred daughter of Popular, is a perfect 3-for-3 racing on turf and is 1-for-1 on the Golden Gate Fields lawn. Halo Dolly comes into the Pacific Heights off a six-length victory in a 1 1/16-mile allowance race that was contested on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface.
Jockey Russell Baze has guided Halo Dolly to five of her victories and he’ll be in the irons again Saturday when the filly tries nine furlongs for the first time in her career.
Antares World, trained by Steve Specht, will be seeking her third stakes victory at Golden Gate Fields. Owned and bred by Mr. and Mrs. Larry D. Williams, Antares World won the 2010 California Oaks on Tapeta and the 2010 Golden Poppy on the turf.
Antares World, a 4-year-old filly by Decarchy, twice competed in Grade 1 turf stakes last year and ran well, finishing second in the 1 1/4-mile American Oaks at Hollywood Park and fourth in the 1 1/8-mile Del Mar Oaks.
Antares World will be ridden in the Pacific Heights by her favorite pilot, Frank Alvarado, who has been aboard for five of her six career victories. Antares World enters Saturday’s feature with $332,988 in earnings, easily the top bankroll in the field.
The Pacific Heights lineup also includes: Bleach Blonde (5-to1), runner-up in the Luther Burbank Handicap at Santa Rosa; Sweetly Peppered (6-to-1), who has four wins and four seconds in nine starts on the Golden Gate Fields turf; Two Thirds Victory
(12-to-1), a 6-year-old mare who will be making her 20th start of the year; and Arrivederci Caro (12-to-1), who won a starter allowance race on the Golden Gate Fields lawn in September.
Post time for Saturday’s nine-race program is 12:45 p.m. The Pacific Heights is the second race on the card and will be run at approximately 1:15 p.m.
Soldiers Point Posts Upset -- Soldiers Point, a 7-to-1 outsider ridden by Inoel Beato, charged from last in a field of five to defeat 1-to-2 favorite Ain’t No Other by 1 1/4 lengths in the $42,332 sprint feature at Golden Gate Fields Friday.
Trained by Lloyd Mason and owned by Ann Marie Farm, Soldiers Point ran six furlongs in a quick 1:09.56 and paid $16.20. The victory was the third in five career starts for the 3-year-old colt, a Kentucky-bred son of Dehere.