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Jockey Couton Has Big Saturday Afternoon
French jockey Julien Couton enjoyed a big Saturday afternoon at Golden Gate Fields, winning with his first three mounts and finishing in the money with two others.
Couton captured the first race with Mtn Ranch Willy ($4.00), the third with One Lucky Guy ($8.60), and the fourth with Midnight Fiddle ($17.00).
Couton piloted 24-1 outsider Dennika to a third-place finish in the fifth race and guided 6-1 Cardinals Gold to a runner-up placing in the sixth race.
Couton completed his day by finishing fourth aboard 39-1 longshot Deacon Speakin’ in the seventh race and fifth atop 13-1 My Sister Sandy in the ninth race.
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Sunday and Monday, Memorial Day. Post time both days is 1:15 p.m.
Sunday is Dollar Day with Golden Gate Fields offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, and $1 sodas. The track’s spring concert series continues with Mustache Harbor performing between races on the Trackside Stage.
Monday’s holiday card will feature a sports bag giveaway (one per paid admission), a free handicapping seminar, a Family Day party, and the $100,000 Berkeley Handicap.
Tom Quigley of Horseplayer Magazine and Golden Gate Fields announcer Michael Wrona will co-host the handicapping seminar, which will be held at 11 a.m. in the Paddock Pub (located on the track level near the winner’s circle).
The Family Day party will be held from noon to 4 p.m. at the north end of the track and offer many free activities for kids, including pony rides, bounce houses and face painters.
The Berkeley Handicap is a 1 1/16-mile race for older horses that attracted a strong cast of eight. The field, in post position order, is as follows: Awesome Gem, Aaron Gryder rides at 120 pounds; Gallant Son, Russell Baze, 114; Hudson Landing, Juan Hernandez, 119; Positive Response, Julien Couton, 116; Anthony’s Cross, Kerwin John, 115; Bonfire Knight, Abel Cedillo, 112; Where’s The Remote, Alejandro Gomez, 112; and Michael the Man, Frank Alvarado, 111.