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Halo Dolly Bounces Back With Victory In Miss America Stakes
Halo Dolly bounced back from her rough road trip to New York by scoring an authoritative victory in the $64,300 Miss America Stakes at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Halo Dolly, who finished last in the Grade 1 Flower Bowl Invitational Handicap at Belmont Park on Sept. 29, came back in just three weeks to win the Miss America by
1 3/4 lengths over 41-1 longshot Sweetly Peppered.
Ridden by Russell Baze, Halo Dolly completed 1 1/16 miles on the Lakeside Turf Course in 1:44.72 while recording her fifth stakes victory of the year and the seventh of her career.
Halo Dolly is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, who wanted his filly to get over her trouncing at Belmont Park as soon as possible.
“She was acting real well, so I decided to try to get a race where she could win and get that last one off her mind,” said Hollendorfer. “She’s been running against better horses so I thought she had a good chance and she came through for us.”
Halo Dolly, who scored the biggest win of her career in the Grade 2 Yellow Ribbon Stakes at Del Mar on Sept. 3, went off as a heavy 4-5 favorite in the Miss America and paid $3.80.
“She looked like the best horse in here and I figured if I give her any kind of decent trip she should win,” said Baze. “She’s a classy filly. She’s got enough speed to put herself in a good spot.”
Halo Dolly tracked longshot pacesetter Triveni to the far turn, charged to the lead turning for home and then held her rivals safe to the wire. Halo Dolly banked $39,500 for the victory – her 14th win in 24 career starts – and the payday increased her earnings to $666,896.
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Sunday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the track is offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, $1 sodas and the opportunity to watch all the NFL games via the Sunday Ticket.
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.