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Miss Match Makes Winning West Coast Debut at GGF
The Argentine-bred mare Miss Match made a winning West Coast debut Sunday at Golden Gate Fields when she charged from last to first in the $40,000 allowance feature.
Miss Match, winner of the Group I Argentine Oaks in 2008, made her first six starts in her homeland before coming to the U.S. in 2009. She was based on the East Coast, where she won twice in 12 starts.
Miss Match was moved from Belmont Park to Hollywood Park in December and joined the Neil Drysdale barn. Drysdale sent Miss Match to Golden Gate Fields for her California debut and the 6-year-old mare made the road trip a successful one.
Miss Match, ridden by Julien Couton, defeated Roman Lady by 1 1/2 lengths in a one-mile test for fillies and mares. Summers Peace, the 3-to-2 favorite, finished third.
Miss Match was timed in 1:38.04 and paid $9.20 as the third betting choice in a field of five. Owned by Matthew Cloros, Miss Match earned $24,000 for the victory – her fifth win in 19 career starts – and has $371,614 in lifetime earnings.
Live racing will resume at Golden Gate Fields Thursday. Post time is 12:45 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields will host simulcast wagering Wednesday in the club house. Gates open at 10 a.m. and the simulcast program features racing from Tampa Bay (10:45 a.m.), Aqueduct (10:53 a.m.), Gulfstream Park (10:58 a.m.), Laurel (11:26 a.m.), Turf Paradise (11:30 a.m.), Parx Racing (11:31 a.m.), and Portland Meadows (12:40 p.m.).