Halo Dolly Gets Back In The Winner’s Circle

Halo Dolly Gets Back In The Winner’s Circle

     Halo Dolly, who had impressive winning streak snapped in the Grade 2 Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing in Pennsylvania on Oct. 1, got back into the winner’s circle Sunday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Halo Dolly had won five straight races – including two stakes – before traveling to Parx (formerly Philadelphia Park) and finishing last in the $750,000 Cotillion, a  1 1/16-mile test for 3-year-old fillies.

     Halo Dolly took on four older rivals in Sunday’s $47,120 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields and humbled her elders, winning the 1 1/16-mile contest by six lengths.  Lady Railrider easily took second by 6 1/2 lengths over Sweet Nellie Brown, who was one length clear of Sis’s Sis.

     Victoryasecret, the even-money favorite, was pulled up on the far turn by jockey Kevin Krigger after injuring her left front ankle.  Victoryasecret was walked into the horse ambulance and vanned back to her barn.

     Halo Dolly, trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Russell Baze, came from just off the pace to collect her seventh victory in 12 career races.  Halo Dolly was timed in 1:46.16 and paid $6.20 as the second choice in the betting.

     Halo Dolly, a California-bred daughter of Popular, earned $29,640 Sunday and has banked $232,943 in her dozen starts.

     Baze and Hollendorfer also teamed up to win the fourth race with Macho Bull ($4.20).   Baze, who has been plagued by back troubles lately, took off his remaining mounts after dismounting from Macho Bull.  

     Dr. David Seftel, track physician at Golden Gate Fields, said Baze had pain in his lower back but expects the Hall of Fame rider to be back in the saddle when racing resumes Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.  Post time Thursday is 12:45 p.m.

     Hollendorfer won three races Sunday as he also captured the eighth race with Sky High Hatty ($4.40).  

     Jockey Frank Alvarado, who replaced Baze aboard Sky High Hatty, also won three races.  Alvarado scored his first victory on the card with Hard Way Ten ($10.40) in the third race and notched his second win with Farmer Giles ($3.40) in the sixth.