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Oaks, Derby, Simulcasts Prompt Early Gate Openings At Golden Gate Fields
Golden Gate Fields, which will simulcast the majority of the Kentucky Oaks card from Churchill Downs Friday and the entire Kentucky Derby card from the Louisville track Saturday, will open admission gates early those days.
Grandstand and club house gates open at 9 a.m. Friday and the track will simulcast races 4-12 on the Kentucky Oaks program. Post time for the first simulcast is 9:05 a.m. and post time for the Kentucky Oaks (race 11) is 2:49 p.m.
The Turf Club opens at 10 a.m. and Golden Gate Fields will begin its eight-race live program at the standard post time of 12:45 p.m.
Fans attending the track Friday will be able to make advance wagers on the Kentucky Derby as well as bet the Kentucky Oaks-Kentucky Derby Double and the Kentucky Oaks-Woodford Reserve-Kentucky Derby Pick 3.
Saturday, all gates open at 7:15 a.m. for the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby card, which begins at 7:30 a.m. Post time for the 140th Kentucky Derby (race 11) is 3:24 p.m.
Golden Gate Fields will present at 10-race card Saturday and there is a special early post time of 11:45 a.m. for the local program.
California Chrome Connection At Golden Gate Fields -- Captain Rodney, a horse trained by Steve Sherman (son of Art Sherman, trainer of Kentucky Derby favorite California Chrome) and owned by Denise Martin (wife of Perry Martin, co-owner of California Chrome), is entered in the seventh race at Golden Gate Fields Saturday.
Captain Rodney, a 4-year-old gelding, will compete in a six-furlong race for $4,000 claimers about a half-hour before California Chrome runs for the roses at Churchill Downs. Captain Rodney will race without a cheering section as both Steve Sherman and Denise Martin will be in Louisville.