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Lady of Fifty Heads Hollendorfer Trio In $100,000 California Oaks
Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer will send out a trio of fillies in the $100,000 California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
The California Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile contest for 3-year-old fillies, attracted a field of seven. Hollendorfer will be represented by Lady of Fifty, Sweet Nothings, and Milania.
Lady of Fifty will be seeking her third straight stakes victory. A Kentucky-bred daughter of After Market, Lady of Fifty captured the six-furlong Golden Gate Debutante by a nose on Nov. 5 and the one-mile Corte Madera Stakes by a half-length on Dec. 3.
Jockey Russell Baze will ride Lady of Fifty, who has three wins and a third in four career starts.
Sweet Nothings finished second to Lady of Fifty in the Corte Madera after breaking her maiden in a one-mile turf race at Golden Gate Fields on Nov. 19. Milania, second in three starts in Northern California, shipped to Southern California and broke her maiden in a 1 1/16-mile race at Hollywood Park on Nov. 17.
Jockeys Aaron Gryder and Frank Alvarado will ride Sweet Nothings and Milania, respectively.
The top threat to Hollendorfer’s fillies figures to be Southern California invader Your Special Day from the James Cassidy barn. Your Special Day won her first two starts sprinting at Santa Anita and then finished fourth in the Grade 3 Miesque Stakes at Hollywood Park on Nov. 25. The one-mile Miesque was run on the turf and Your Special Day missed third by a nose.
The field for the California Oaks, the featured eighth race on a nine-race program, is as follows: Sweet Nothings, Gryder rides at 116 pounds; Milania, Alvarado, 116; Run The Blues Away, David Lopez, 116; Lady of Fifty, Baze, 122; Distant Image, Alejandro Gomez, 116; La Chispa, Anne Sanguinetti, 116; and Your Special Day, Kerwin John, 116.
Tri-Superfecta Back – The Tri-Superfecta, an exotic wager that was first introduced at Golden Gate Fields in 1993, returns to the track’s wagering menu beginning Saturday.
The $1 bet is a two-leg exchange wager that will be held on the sixth and seventh races. The wager requires bettors to select, in exact order, the first three finishers in the sixth race and the first four finishers in the seventh race.
Patrons who correctly select the trifecta in the sixth race qualify for a share of 50 percent of the net pool and receive an exchange wager to play the superfecta in race seven. Those who hit the superfecta in race seven will share the remaining 50 percent of the pool. If nobody hits the superfecta in the seventh race, the pool carries over to the next racing day.
Carryovers in the Tri-Superfecta can result in lucrative payoffs for punters. On March 10, 1993, a fan at Golden Gate Fields hit the Tri-Superfecta for $219,739 after the bet had eluded handicappers for 11 days.
Hail To The ’Chief – Golden Gate Fields will salute Bold Chieftain Sunday. Fans attending the Dollar Day program (general parking, general admission, programs, beers, hot dogs and sodas are all just a buck) will receive a Bold Chieftain poster and have the opportunity to see the 9-year-old horse parade one final time in front of the grandstand.
Bold Chieftain earned $1,683,181 while amassing 18 wins, 14 seconds and four thirds in 47 career starts. Bold Chieftain won 14 stakes, including the Grade 2 San Francisco Mile, the California Cup Classic twice, and the Sunshine Millions Classic.
The day after he is honored at Golden Gate Fields, Bold Chieftain will be on his way to Vacaville to begin his new career as a stud at Victory Rose Thoroughbreds farm.