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Miss Empire 4-5 Favorite In Pike Place Dancer; SF Mile Champ Hudson Landing Returns Sunday
Miss Empire, winner of the Cinderella Stakes at Hollywood Park and the third-place finisher in the Grade 1 Chandelier Stakes at Santa Anita, is the 4-5 morning live favorite in Saturday’s $100,000 Pike Place Dancer Stakes at Golden Gate Fields.
The Pike Place Dancer is the fourth race on a nine-race program that begins at
12:45 p.m., and Miss Empire will face five rivals in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for
Hall of Famer Russell Baze will ride Miss Empire, who, like four of her opponents, will race on grass for the first time Saturday. A Kentucky-bred daughter of Empire Maker, Miss Empire owns a huge class edge as she has earned $147,120 in six starts while her five rivals – combined – have earned $108,190.
Somethingabouther, the 8-5 second choice on the morning line, is the only Pike Place Dancer entrant with turf experience as she has raced on the surface four times. Somethingabouther ran second in a turf stakes at Colonial Downs in the summer and most recently finished third in the Surfer Girl Stakes on the lawn at Santa Anita.
James Cassidy trains Somethingabouther and has given jockey Julien Couton the riding assignment on the Kentucky-bred daughter of War Chant.
The field for the Pike Place Dancer, in post position order with riders, weights, and morning-line odds, is as follows: Miss Empire, Baze, 120, 4-5; Peppery, Catalino Martinez, 117, 20-1; Somethingabouther, Couton, 120, 8-5; Butterfly Soul, Dennis Carr, 120, 10-1; Hot And Pleasing, Alejandro Gomez, 117, 15-1; and Jesse’s Giacomo, Kerwin John, 120, 15-1.
Golden Gate Fields will present a stakes-caliber race Sunday when San Francisco Mile champion Hudson Landing faces seven opponents – including fellow stakes-winners Positive Response, Gig Harbor and Northern Causeway, and the very fast 4-year-old Cardiffbythesea – in a one-mile allowance race on the turf. Carded as the eighth race on a nine-race program, the feature is a prep for the Grade 3 $100,000 All American Stakes, which will be run Nov. 23.
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.