Jockey Krigger Rides Three Winners At GGF

Jockey Krigger Rides Three Winners At GGF

     Jockey Kevin Krigger rode three winners Friday at Golden Gate Fields and fans of the personable jockey went home with their pockets full.

     None of Krigger’s horses were favored in the wagering and two of them returned double-digit win payoffs.

     Krigger won the second race with Excellent Point, the 2-to-1 second choice in a scratch-plagued field of four.  Excellent Point paid $6.80.

     Krigger captured the fifth race with 7-to-1 Buckatunna, who paid $16.40 after defeating 18-to-1 shot Mr. Furious by a nose.  Krigger completed his riding triple when he took the seventh race aboard 13-to-1 Highway Bandit, who returned $28.60.

      Krigger will be looking to light up the tote board again Saturday when he rides in races four through eight.  Krigger’s mounts are: Sweetandperfect (12-to-1 on the morning line) in the fourth race, Tshultrim (7-to-2) in the fifth, Validara (12-to-1) in the sixth, Silent Salute (12-to-1) in the seventh and Stefanelli (15-to-1) in the eighth.

     Post time at Golden Gate Fields Saturday is 12:45 p.m.

     Smiling Tiger Favored At Santa Anita – Trainer Jeff Bonde of Pleasanton will saddle 8-to-5 morning line favorite Smiling Tiger in Saturday’s $150,000 San Carlos Handicap at Santa Anita

     Smiling Tiger has five rivals in the Grade 2 San Carlos, a seven-furlong test for
4-year-olds and up.  Smiling Tiger will break from post position five under jockey Joel Rosario.

     Smiling Tiger is a multiple Grade 1 stakes-winner who has finished in the money in all 12 of his starts.  A Kentucky-bred son of Hold That Tiger, Smiling Tiger won the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar and the Grade 1 Ancient Title Stakes at Hollywood Park last year.

     Post time for the San Carlos, the eighth race on Santa Anita’s nine-race program, is 4:07 p.m.  Golden Gate Fields offers full-card simulcast wagering on racing from Santa Anita, which will start its card at 12:30 p.m.