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Lady of Fifty Noses Out Power Of Nine To Win Golden Gate Debutante Stakes
Lady of Fifty put her nose down at exactly the right moment to claim victory over Power of Nine in the $53,610 Golden Gate Debutante Stakes Saturday at Golden Gate Fields.
Ridden by Kevin Krigger, Lady of Fifty raced on the lead throughout the six-furlong contest for 2-year-old fillies and got the nod in a thrilling head-bobbing photo finish. Power of Nine, with Abel Cedillo aboard, was four lengths clear of third-place finisher Eva’s Joy.
Lady of Fifty is trained by Jerry Hollendorfer and owned in partnership by Hollendorfer and George Todaro. A Kentucky-bred daughter of After Market, Lady of Fifty earned her second victory in three career starts and $30,350.
“That was a lucky bob there,” said Hollendorfer of the photo finish. “I think the other horse had her nose ahead a jump before the wire and a jump after the wire, but my horse had her nose down on the wire.”
Krigger, who had the best seat in the house, expected the photo finish to go his way.
“At the wire I was just barely looking outside and I knew we had the last bob for sure,” said Krigger. “I was pretty confident we won it.”
Lady of Fifty, the 8-to-5 favorite in a field of six, was timed in 1:10.28 and paid $5.40.
Racing continues at Golden Gate Fields Sunday and the track, in conjunction with the U.S. Marines, is hosting a Toys-for-Tots toy drive. Any patron that brings a new, unwrapped toy will receive two Club House passes to Golden Gate Fields.
Post time Sunday is 12:45 p.m. and there is a carryover of $58,087 in the Pick Six. The track is offering fans $1 general parking, $1 general admission, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, $1 sodas, and the opportunity to watch all the football games via Golden Gate Fields’ subscription to the NFL Sunday Ticket.