Irishman Harty Completes Sweep On St. Patrick’s Day

Irishman Harty Completes Sweep On St. Patrick’s Day

     Trainer Eoin Harty, a native of Dublin, Ireland, completed a sweep of the weekend feature races at Golden Gate Fields when his 4-year-old gelding Regulus scored a front-running victory in Sunday’s $36,344 St. Patrick’s Day feature.

     Based in Southern California at Betfair Hollywood Park, Harty shipped Imperative north to win Saturday’s $31,362 main event for 3-year-olds.  Imperative is 2-for-2 racing at Golden Gate Fields but is 0-for-3 on the Southern California circuit.

     Regulus improved his record at Golden Gate Fields to 2-for-2 when he outran the multiple stakes-winning mare Halo Dolly down the stretch and posted a 2 1/2-length victory in Sunday’s one-mile allowance contest for older horses.
 
     Regulus, who like Imperative is owned by Darley Stable, completed the circuit in
1:38.00 under jockey Dennis Carr.  The second betting choice behind 7-5 favorite Halo Dolly, Regulus went off at 2-1 and paid $6.60.

     Regulus owns back-to-back wins at Golden Gate Fields as he captured a 1 1/16-mile allowance race at the track on Feb. 24.  A bay son of Distorted Humor, Regulus has four wins in nine career starts and $122,300 in earnings.  Regulus was bred in Kentucky by his owner.

     Urban Hunter Sets Track Record  --  The 6-year-old gelding Urban Hunter set a track record for 5 1/2 furlongs on Golden Gate Fields’ synthetic Tapeta racing surface when he ran the distance in 1:02.81 while winning Sunday’s ninth race.

     Urban Hunter’s clocking eclipsed the previous mark of 1:02.87 set by Dave’s Pacemaker on Jan. 13, 2012.  Urban Hunter is trained by Blake Heap and was ridden by Russell Baze.  Lamonte Isom owns Urban Hunter, a California-bred son of Tribal Rule.

     Racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields Thursday.  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.