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Halo Dolly, G. G. Ryder Favored In Weekend Stakes
Golden Gate Fields will present a stakes double-header this weekend and Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer has the morning-line favorite in both races.
Halo Dolly is the 8-5 choice in Saturday’s $50,000-added Golden Poppy, a 1 1/16-mile turf contest for fillies and mares. G. G. Ryder is the 9-5 favorite in Sunday’s $75,000 Alcatraz, a one-mile turf test for 3-year-olds.
Halo Dolly, a classy 6-year-old mare who races for an ownership group headed by Hollendorfer, is an eight-time stakes-winner who has earned $994,316 in 38 career starts. The California-bred daughter of Popular can surpass the $1 million mark in earnings by finishing third or better in the Golden Poppy.
Halo Dolly, who captured the Dream of Summer Stakes on the dirt at Santa Anita on March 23, most recently finished third in the Fran’s Valentine Stakes on the Santa Anita turf on April 26.
Halo Dolly is coming back in just two weeks to contest the Golden Poppy on a surface she adores. In seven starts on the Golden Gate Fields turf, Halo Dolly has four wins (including a tally in the 2012 Miss America Stakes), two seconds and a third.
G. G. Ryder is a California-bred colt owned by Hollendorfer and longtime client George Todaro. G. G. Ryder has won four of his five races this year and enters the Alcatraz off a game victory in a one-mile allowance race on the turf on April 12.
G. G. Ryder has earned $86,230 in eight career starts and has been favored in each of his past five races.
Hollendorfer has selected a fellow Hall of Famer – jockey Russell Baze – to ride both Halo Dolly and G. G. Ryder.
The fields for the weekend stakes races follow.
Golden Poppy (listed in post position order with riders, weights and morning-line odds): Luscious Lonna, Juan Hernandez, 117, 5-1; Spring Bloom, William Antongeorgi III, 117, 9-2; Full Ransom, Mario Gutierrez, 116, 10-1; Macaabra, Abel Cedillo, 117,
6-1; Halo Dolly, Baze, 123, 8-5; City at Dawn, Dennis Carr, 117, 6-1; Koby Jo, Ricardo Gonzalez, 117, 12-1; and Playful Humor, Frank Alvarado, 117, 10-1.
Alcatraz: Flagman, Barrington Harvey, 120, 6-1; Latitudefortytwo, Abel Cedillo, 120, 5-2; G. G. Ryder, Baze, 120, 9-5; Pazmeifucan, Ricardo Gonzalez, 120, 7-2; and Pete’s Slew, Dennis Carr, 120, 4-1.
Gonzalez Injured In Starting Gate -- Jockey Ricardo Gonzalez sustained bruising to his right foot Friday when the 4-year-old filly Millie’s Topper tried to flip over in the starting gate prior to the fifth race. Millie’s Topper was scratched and Gonzalez took off his only remaining mount to have precautionary X-rays taken at Alta Bates Hospital in Berkeley.
Hernandez Has Riding Triple -- Jockey Juan Hernandez had a riding hat track Friday. Hernandez won the first race with Chat With Me ($18.40), the third with Rondo Hondo ($21.40) and the seventh with Handpicked Bud ($6.20).