Halo Dolly Is 8-5 Choice In Golden Poppy

Halo Dolly Is 8-5 Choice In Golden Poppy

     The classy mare Halo Dolly, a graded stakes winner with $684,986 in earnings, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the $50,000-added Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.

     The Golden Poppy is the featured sixth race on a nine-race Sunday program that begins at 12:45 p.m.  The first turf stakes of the winter/spring meeting, the Golden Poppy will be run at 3:20 p.m.

     The Golden Poppy is a 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares that attracted a field of 11.  Halo Dolly not only leads the field in earnings, but also in wins (14), stakes victories (seven), and wins on the Golden Gate Fields turf course (three).

     The last time Halo Dolly raced on the Golden Gate Fields lawn she posted a
1 3/4-length victory in the Miss America Stakes on Oct. 20.  The Miss America was one of five stakes wins in 2012 for Halo Dolly, who earned her richest victory of the year in the Grade 2 $250,000 Yellow Ribbon Handicap at Del Mar.  

     Halo Dolly is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who will also start Lady Aspen (5-1), Cathy’s Crunches (12-1) and Going for a Spin (8-1) in the Golden Poppy.

     The Golden Poppy field, in post position order with riders and morning-line odds, is as follows: Luscious Lonna, Jesus Velazquez, 8-1; Private Affair, Christian Santiago Reyes, 12-1; Bellamine, Abel Cedillo, 20-1; Skinny Genes, Abel Cedillo, 20-1; Vamo a Galupiar, Kevin Krigger, 8-1; Imperialistic Diva, Dennis Carr, 6-1; Central Heat, Kerwin John, 20-1; Halo Dolly, Russell Baze, 8-5; Lady Aspen, William Antongeorgi, III, 5-1; Cathy’s Crunches, Julien Couton, 12-1; and Going for a Spin, Frank Alvarado, 8-1.

     Gates open at 10 a.m. Sunday and Golden Gate Fields is offering fans $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, $1 sodas.  

Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator.  The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness.  The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation.  The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service.  The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.