Hernandez Has Riding Hat Trick; Jauregui, Morey Saddle Pair Of Winners

Hernandez Has Riding Hat Trick; Jauregui, Morey Saddle Pair Of Winners

     Jockey Juan Hernandez won three races and trainers O. J. Jauregui and William E. Morey both saddled a pair of winners Thursday at Golden Gate Fields.

     Hernandez and Jauregui teamed up to win the first race – the first race of the season for 2-year-old fillies – with Frisco Fog ($4.00), the even-money favorite who left her rivals in a fog.   Frisco Fog broke on top was never challenged while winning the two-furlong dash by 2 1/4 lengths in 21.39 seconds.

     Frisco Fog was bred in California and is the first runner by the sire Idiot Proof, a Grade 1 winner who earned more than $1.2 million in a 17-race career.

     Jauregui came back to win the fourth race, a 5 1/2-furlong race for $5,000 claimers, with 9-5 favorite Peppered Pro ($5.80).  Jauregui claimed Peppered Pro out of winning effort in a $4,000 claiming race on March 16 and lost him for the $5,000 tag Thursday to trainer Gary Greiner.

    Hernandez captured the fifth race with 3-5 favorite Drewthetiger ($3.40), who broke his maiden in career start No. 11.  Drewthetiger came from just off the pace to win the six-furlong sprint for $12,500 maiden-claimers by a length.

     Hernandez completed his riding hat trick when he won the seventh race, a one-mile event for $4,000 claimers, with Life Is a Rock ($13.60).  Life Is a Rock was the second of back-to-back winners for Morey, who took the sixth race with Falling Knife ($4.60).

     Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Friday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m.

     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.