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Holiday Weekend Of Racing At GGF Will Include Hollendorfer’s Pursuit Of 6,000
Golden Gate Fields kicks off a big holiday weekend of racing Friday with the continuation of the “The Dorf Watch” – trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s bid to become the fourth trainer in thoroughbred racing history to win 6,000 races.
Hollendorfer enters Friday’s program at Golden Gate Fields with 5,998 career victories and a long losing streak. Hollendorfer scored win No. 5,998 when Indian Gracey took the ninth race at Golden Gate Fields on Aug. 21 – a day in which he won four races on the West Coast – but is 0-for-28 since that victory.
Hollendorfer is scheduled to start three horses Friday at Golden Gate Fields, including the duo of Sky High Hatty and Going for a Spin in the first race. Post time for the opener is 12:45 p.m. Hollendorfer’s third entrant is Tio Vic, who runs in the seventh race.
Hollendorfer’s only scheduled starter at Del Mar Friday is Sahara Sky, who will compete in the $100,000 El Cajon Stakes. The El Cajon is the sixth race on a seven-race program that begins at 4 p.m.
Hollendorfer will have plenty of chances to reach his milestone victory Saturday if he doesn’t get the job done Friday. Hollendorfer is slated to start eight horses Saturday – three at Golden Gate Fields and five at Del Mar, including Killer Graces in the Grade 1
$250,000 Del Mar Debutante.
Golden Gate Fields has scheduled a trio of promotions for Labor Day weekend. The track will host a gourmet food truck festival on Saturday, a Dollar Day card on Sunday, and a “Labor Day Family Day Celebration” on Monday.
The food truck festival – the largest gathering of food trucks in the Bay Area – will feature 24 trucks and give fans the opportunity to sample the best eats on wheels, including duck tacos, Cuban sandwiches and steak chow mien.
Fans attending the track Sunday will enjoy a great sports bargain – $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, $1 sodas, a free concert by The Department of Rock, and a 10-race program.
Golden Gate Fields will give patrons attending Monday’s card a free fleece blanket featuring a classic racing shot. The “Labor Day Family Day Celebration” will include many free activities for kids – including pony rides and a bounce house – and a free concert by Notorious.