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Krigger Captures Fourth Straight GGF Stakes With Front-Running Score On Lady Of Fifty
Jockey Kevin Krigger continued his domination in Golden Gate Fields stakes races Saturday when he guided Lady of Fifty to a front-running victory in the $75,260 Corte Madera Stakes, a race dominated by trainer Jerry Hollendorfer.
Lady of Fifty held off Sweet Nothings and Hennessy River – two of her stablemates in the Hollendorfer barn – down the stretch to give Krigger his fourth straight stakes victory and key a Hollendorfer trifecta in the one-mile stakes for 2-year-old fillies.
Lady of Fifty kicked off Krigger’s stakes winning streak when she captured the Golden Gate Debutante in a photo finish on Nov. 5. Krigger then won the Golden Nugget Stakes with Passing Game (trained by Gary Sherlock) on Nov. 12 and the
Grade 3 All American Stakes with Our Nautique (trained by Hollendorfer) on
“I really have to thank Jerry Hollendorfer,” said Krigger. “I couldn’t be winning all these stakes without his support.”
Lady of Fifty won the Corte Madera by a half-length over Sweet Nothings, who finished one length in front of Hennessy River.
“I didn’t know if we could do that (run one-two-three), I just wanted to give these fillies a chance,” said Hollendorfer, who accomplished the amazing feat of sweeping the top three spots in a stakes race for the second time in his Hall of Fame career.
Hollendorfer pulled off his first stakes trifecta on March 7, 1998, at Bay Meadows in the Grade 3 El Camino Real Derby when Event of the Year, Post a Note and Clover Hunter ran one-two-three in Northern California’s key prep race for the Triple Crown events.
Hollendorfer owns Lady of Fifty, a Kentucky-bred daughter of After Market, in partnership with George Todaro. Lady of Fifty won the Corte Madera in 1:39.04, paid $9.40 as the third choice in the wagering, and earned $45,000 for her owners.
Lady of Fifty, who has three wins and a third in four career starts and $94,170 in earnings, was making her first start around two turns in the Corte Madera after racing six furlongs in her first three races. Krigger said Lady of Fifty handled the extra distance well and improved upon her performance in the Golden Gate Debutante.
“The difference today was down the lane,” said Krigger. “She was more focused. After she turned for home she did everything she was supposed to do. Today I didn’t have to correct her or straighten her out. I could just ride her and that made it easy. She’s a nice, big, comfortable filly to ride.”
Lady of Fifty is the early favorite for the California Oaks, which will be run Jan. 21 at Golden Gate Fields.
Krigger won five races Saturday. In addition to the Corte Madera (race three), Krigger took the first race with Blue Grass Music ($5.20), the seventh with Royal Trick ($9.60), the eighth with Letsgetitright ($5.80), and the ninth with Lichtenstein ($4.40).
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Sunday. Post time is 12:45 p.m. and the track is offering $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 beers, $1 hot dogs, and $1 sodas. Golden Gate Fields will also televise all the NFL games via the Sunday Ticket.