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Jockey Krigger Shines On Closing Weekend At GGF
Golden Gate Fields concluded its 2010-2011 winter/spring meeting Sunday, much to the dismay of jockey Kevin Krigger, who likely wishes the season was just beginning.
Krigger was the star of closing weekend at Golden Gate Fields, winning three races Saturday and three more Sunday. Krigger’s riding hat trick on Saturday included a victory in the $53,300 Lost in the Fog Stakes with the speedy 2-year-old filly City Route.
Krigger scored his victories Sunday aboard Primary Notice ($14.20) in the first race, Skipton Creek ($7.00) in the second, and Free Action ($4.80) in the seventh.
The big weekend capped a very successful campaign at Golden Gate Fields for Krigger, who finished second in the jockey standings with 76 victories. Krigger’s runner-up placing in the standings was very impressive considering he didn’t arrive at Golden Gate Fields until February – more than a month after the start of the meeting.
Jockey William Antongeorgi III also had a very successful closing day as he won three races. Antongeorgi tallied with April ($10.60) in the fifth race, Game ($17.80) in the eighth, and Triple Star ($3.80) in the ninth.
Jockey Russell Baze, who was blanked Sunday, rode 157 winners during the 99-day meeting and collected his 40th career riding title at Golden Gate Fields.
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who in August will be inducted into thoroughbred racing’s Hall of Fame, earned his 38th career training championship at Golden Gate Fields by saddling 93 winners. Steve Sherman placed second in the trainer standings with 74 victories.
Horse racing in Northern California moves to the summer fair circuit, with the San Joaquin County Fair in Stockton kicking things off Thursday with an eight-race program. Post time is 1:15 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields will be open throughout the summer for simulcast wagering on racing from across the country. Simulcast wagering is conducted in the club house and fans can view the simulcast schedule, featuring tracks offered and post times, by visiting www.goldengatefields.com.
Live racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields on Friday, Aug. 19.
Romero Sidelined With Concussion -- Jockey Hector Romero suffered a concussion when he was unseated by his mount, Chase After, in the eighth race Saturday at Golden Gate Fields and will be sidelined five to seven days, track physician Dr. David Seftel reported Sunday.
“It was a significant concussion but fortunately the CAT scan was negative,” said Seftel. “There were no signs of internal bleeding or any brain trauma. He was released from the hospital (Highland Hospital in Oakland) at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.”
Chase After, competing in a 5 1/2-furlong maiden allowance race, dislodged Romero when he ducked in suddenly and appeared to hit the rail on the far turn.