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O’Neill’s Greeley Awesome Extends Winning Streak
Greeley Awesome, an invader from Southern California trained by Doug O’Neill, surged ahead of Rush In in the final strides to win the $30,244 allowance feature by a half-length Friday at Golden Gate Fields.
The victory in the one-mile race was the third in a row for Greeley Awesome, who broke his maiden in a 1 1/16-mile race at Hollywood Park on Nov. 30 and then came back to win a one-mile starter allowance race on the turf at Santa Anita on Jan. 10.
Greeley Awesome, ridden by Saul Arias, was dismissed at 9-2 in the betting and returned $11.00 after beating his six rivals to the wire in 1:38.96. Rush In, with Russell Baze aboard, took second by a half-length over Nina’s Dragon and jockey Julien Couton.
Greeley Awesome, a 3-year-old colt by Mr. Greeley, is owned by the partnership of Haymes, Master, O’Neill, Sarno, and Verratti. Purchased as a 2-year-old for $34,000,
Greeley Awesome earned $17,400 Friday and has made $64,990 in nine career starts.
Fans attending Golden Gate Fields Saturday with a paid admission will have the chance to win a new 42-inch high definition television just in time for the Super Bowl. Golden Gate Fields will raffle off a television after each of the nine races on Saturday’s card.
Patrons will receive a contest entry card upon entering the track. Sam Spear, the veteran television and radio host of horse racing in the Bay Area, will have the winning jockey from each race reach into the contest bin and pull out the name of the lucky winner.
Gates open at 10 a.m. Saturday and post time is 12:45 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields has scheduled a special early post time of 11:15 a.m. for Super Bowl Sunday. All gates open at 9:30 a.m. and the eight-race card will be completed by approximately 2:45 p.m., well before kickoff for Super Bowl XLVII.
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.