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Let Faith Arise Atones To Backers
Let Faith Arise, who disappointed her backers by running third as a prohibitive 4-5 favorite in her previous start, made up for it Friday when she posted an impressive victory at the same short price in the six-furlong allowance feature at Golden Gate Fields.
Let Faith Arise made her $3.80 win mutuel look like a gift when she stormed to the lead in midstretch and scored by a comfortable 2 1/4 lengths under jockey Russell Baze. Power of Ten finished second and Tribal Dress was third.
A 3-year-old filly by Kafwain, Let Faith Arise has two wins and a third in three career starts. Trained by Jerry Hollendorfer, Let Faith Arise won Friday’s main event in 1:11.12 and earned $17,400 for her owner and breeder, Tommy Town Thoroughbreds.
Golden Gate Fields will simulcast the final two major preps for the Kentucky Derby, the $750,000 Toyota Blue Grass Stakes and the $1 million Arkansas Derby, during its live racing program Saturday. Gates open at 10 a.m. and post time is 12:45 p.m.
The Grade 1 Blue Grass Stakes, run at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky., features a full field of 14 and will be run at approximately 2:40 p.m. The Grade 1 Arkansas Derby, run at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., drew a field of 10 and has a scheduled post time of
Uncaptured, a colt who has won six of his eight career starts, including five stakes, is the 7-2 morning line favorite in the Blue Grass. War Academy, a Bob Baffert-trained colt who has two wins in three starts, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the Arkansas Derby.
The winners of the Blue Grass and Arkansas Derby will secure a starting spot in the $2 million Kentucky Derby on May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
Golden Gate Fields is a Stronach Group company, North America's leading Thoroughbred racetrack owner/operator. The Stronach Group racetracks include Santa Anita Park, Gulfstream Park & Casino, Golden Gate Fields, Portland Meadows, Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course, home of the world-famous Preakness. The company is one of North America's top race horse breeders through its Adena Springs operation. The company owns and operates AmTote, a global leader in wagering technology, and XpressBet, an Internet and telephone account wagering service. The Stronach Group is also a major producer of televised horseracing programming through its HRTV cable and satellite network and is North America's premier supplier of virtual online horseracing games, as well as a leading producer of social media content for the horseracing industry.