Oakland Stakes, Tough Allowance Heat Top Closing Weekend

Oakland Stakes, Tough Allowance Heat Top Closing Weekend

     The 2012 fall meeting at Golden Gate Fields concludes with an eight-race program Friday and nine-race cards Saturday and Sunday.  Post time is 12:45 p.m. each day.

     Closing weekend will be highlighted by the $50,000 Oakland Stakes on Saturday and a $35,000 allowance race on Sunday that attracted All American Stakes winner Hudson Landing.

     The Oakland, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-olds and up, is the second race Saturday and features the following lineup: Gig Harbor, Frank Alvarado rides; Shrug, Dennis Carr; Ain’t No Other, Russell Baze; Shudacudawudya, Julien Couton; Cardiffbythesea, Abel Cedillo; and Northern Causeway, William Antongeorgi, III.  All of the starters carry 123 pounds.

     Gig Harbor won the Alcatraz Stakes last year and is coming off a powerful
3 1/2-length score in a six-furlong allowance race.  Shrug captured the Green Flash Handicap on the turf at Del Mar last summer, and Ain’t No Other finished second in the California Cup Sprint in October.  Shudacudawudya and Northern Causeway are both multiple stakes-winners, and Cardiffbythesea has been victorious in four of his seven career starts.

     Hudson Landing will face five other accomplished rivals in Sunday’s first race, a one-mile allowance test for 3-year-olds and up.  Trained by Blaine Wright, Hudson Landing got up in the final jump to win the Grade 3 $100,000 All American by a nose over Control Seeker on Nov. 23.  The All American was the second graded stakes victory of the year for Hudson Landing, who captured the Grade 3 San Francisco Mile on April 28.
 
    Taking on Hudson Landing Sunday will be Duke of Doom, Massone, Positive Response, Photo Shopped, and Administer.  

     Positive Response is a multiple stakes-winner who finished fourth in the All American but was only beaten a length by Hudson Landing.  Duke of Doom finished fifth in the All American, beaten two lengths by Hudson Landing and one length by Positive Response.
Massone finished third in the Grade 2 Arcadia Stakes at Santa Anita early this year has earned $557,092 in 38 career starts.  Administer, a 3-year-old gelding who has won three of his five starts, upset Photo Shopped and Massone in an allowance race on Nov. 22.

     The closing-day program at Golden Gate Fields will feature $1 general parking,
$1 general admission, $1 programs, $1 hot dogs, $1 beers, and $1 sodas.

     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.