Imperative Ships In For Another Win At Golden Gate Fields

Imperative Ships In For Another Win At Golden Gate Fields

     Southern California-based Imperative may want to relocate to Golden Gate Fields.

     Imperative, trained by Eoin Harty and stabled at Betfair Hollywood Park, earned his second career victory Saturday when he came from off the pace to win the $31,362 allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields.  Imperative’s first victory – achieved in a one-mile maiden allowance race last September – was also recorded at the East Bay racetrack.

     Imperative is 0-for-1 at Del Mar and 0-for-2 at Santa Anita and has yet to threaten in a race in Southern California.  A $325,000 yearling purchase, Imperative is 2-for-2 at Golden Gate Fields.

     Imperative overhauled heavy favorite Rush In in midstretch and then held off stretch-running Condiment for a one-length victory in Saturday’s main event, a one-mile allowance race for 3-year-olds.  North Pacific finished third.

     Rush In, the 1-2 favorite ridden by Russell Baze, tired in the late stages and faded to finish fifth in the field of six.

     Imperative, a Kentucky-bred son of Bernardini, is owned by Darley Stables and was ridden to victory by Kerwin John.  Imperative was timed in 1:38.89 and paid $14.40 after being dismissed at 6-1 in the betting.

     Ten lucky fans attending the races Sunday will have the opportunity to participate in Golden Gate Fields’ $100,000 St. Patrick’s Day Horseshoe Pitch.  The fans will be selected via a drawing and the first person to throw a ringer will win $100,000.  If no one throws a ringer, the person that pitches the shoe closest to the stake will win a turf club package for four.

     Sunday is Dollar Day at Golden Gate Fields so St. Patrick’s Day revelers will also enjoy $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas.  General parking and general admission is also just a buck.  Gates open at 10 a.m. and 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.